WOT calls this software a "browser add-on". I call it a "toolbar". SnapFiles says it offers a "third-party" toolbar, which suggests stuff like the Ask, Bing, Google, and Yahoo toolbars that many of us don't like; but the offered toolbar is itself - second party, not third.
Some people complain that WOT's ratings aren't what they expected; for example they don't match McAfee SiteAdvisor. The difference is that WOT's main focus is trust, which includes security issues like malware, while the main focus of other security tools is, well, security. Many scam sites have no malware, so SA doesn't detect them whereas WOT does.
If you're looking for a great radar for trouble ahead while you surf, or if you want to dig a little deeper to see what the WOT community thinks of a site, be sure to use this toolbar. It has a very small footprint, uses minimal resources, has a colorblind setting, and has options to control the types of warnings or optional blocking. It also marks the links in the results pages of major search engines, so you can see way ahead before you ever click a link.
Personally I use both WOT and SA, as well as other online tools to check out sites. Careful checking may seem like a pain-in-the-butt, but it sure beats getting scammed, infected, or having my personal information turn up in never-land.
Unlike some other stuff I use, the WOT toolbar is always on. Don't leave "home" without it.
Personally, I use WOT and have for some time. I don't get a toolbar install option using Firefox, I see IE does. Either case, I am part of the WOT community and I try to add my 2cents to help rate sites. This is an excellent tool for telling you if a site is bad or not. It will put up a warning and you do have numerous options, to block, not block, warn, etc... So it's not like it simply blocks you out. You have a choice, this simply gives you a heads up about a site.
I personally have tested sites and WOT is very accurate. Of course the sites are rated on user opinions and why I felt the need to get involved. If I see a site is not rated correctly, I will add yay or nay to it. So far, I haven't had to do that, mainly they are correct.
So don't believe people when they say it blocks good sites and not bad sites, that's completely and utterly false. (There may be a few mistakes here and there) as with anything but no, it's quite accurate. Likely that comes from people with bad things on their sites and don't like the use of WOT, it keeps you from going to their site in many cases. (Not hard to see where this would upset the other side).
I recommend WOT to anyone. Oh, and by the way, if you don't like it, it takes 3 seconds to uninstall, not forcing anyone to keep it for sure.
Don't bother, the site ratings I've seen are way wrong. Good, reliable, respectable sites are given poor ratings and shady sites are given good ratings.
All good- I do not have any attachment in them except wanting more people to use to expand the database on web site reviews. This works great. Just a small set of symbols by any internet site I find in my search engine- telling me how trustworthy, safe, etc. the site is. If the site is rated dangerous, it will flash up a notification before you go to the site, allowing you to back out. sites are rated by people like us who use this free service. I always defer to them in these instances. I have visited some p2p sites in the past, just to see what all the fuss was about, and WOT never has given me a dangerous block. When I get one of these blocks, I usually assume I am entering a site with malware, etc ready to connect. Also, it is very nice to see the reliability of sites when I am searching for a review of some software or hardware item. no cons to this tool, and I plan to start interacting more giving my ratings to sites instead of just using others.
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I Have Tried Both This And McAfee SiteAdvisor Plug Ins For Internet Explorer and Firefox. I Find this Will Block and Not let you go to certain Websites,that McAfee SiteAdvisor Will let us go to. But To Each Of Us We Have our own Tastes Here, as there are some of us Who will like Wot and some of us Who will like McAfee SiteAdvisor.
The software developer responded to this review on Feb 24, 2008:
Warnings and blocking in WOT can be configured to your liking in the add-on settings. More importantly, if you disagree with a rating, you can have your say by giving your own rating for the site. Thanks for your feedback!