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    Web of Trust sells your browsing history


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    That's not good news. Here's WOT's response: To the WOT community

    Extract:
    Quote Originally Posted by WOT
    we are taking the following steps:
    * Reviewing our privacy policy to determine which changes need to be made in order to enhance and ensure that our users privacy rights are properly addressed.
    * For the user browsing data used to enable WOT’s website reputation service, we intend to provide users the ability to opt-out from having such data saved in our database or shared. This opt-out will be available from the settings menu, as we want to provide each user with a clear choice at all times.
    * For people who agree to let us use their browsing data in order to support WOT, we will implement a complete overhaul of our data ‘cleaning’ process, to optimize our data anonymization and aggregation objectives to minimize any risk of exposure for our users.
    I'm surprised a few more people haven't been jumping up and down in this thread. Wot's the general feeling?
    - They screwed up, but are good guys;
    - They haven't been trustworthy for a while;
    - They're Facebook-grade when it comes to user privacy.

    The comments in the WOT thread above raise some Qs around the ownership and continued existence of the company. Anyone got solid info?

    I've been using WOT for years, and haven't uninstalled it yet. Are there decent alternatives, free or paid? Preferably not bundled in a suite, like I assume the Mcafee & Norton solutions are.

    PS I read the German original article and while my Deutsch is rusty, the English-language reports seem to be accurate.
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    Lugh: Bitdefender Traffic Light came up in another online forum concerning WOT:

    http://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/trafficlight.html

    I uninstalled WOT and installed Traffic Light. So far, so good though I can't speak to how effective it really is. At least it's not selling your goodies behind your back.

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    From googling "WOT" it looks like an add-on. I've looked through my browser add-ons and haven't seen it listed anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lumpy95 View Post
    From googling "WOT" it looks like an add-on. I've looked through my browser add-ons and haven't seen it listed anywhere.
    Lumpy: It is a browser add-on; I used it for a few years until this happened. Both Google and Mozilla have removed it as an installable extension from their web sites for their browsers.

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    I still run the old version of Spybot S&D once a week and I wondered why it picked WOT up as a PUP.

    I just checked in Firefox and the plugin was gone but I had to reset the entries in about:config to clean it out completely

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