Web of Lies??

Well, another one bites the dust. For several years, I’ve been recommending a browser add-on called “Web of Trust.” Turns out that in November 2016, Web of Trust was busted by a security researcher for collecting data from people’s web browsers and selling it. Allegedly the data was (supposed to be) anonymous… Not so much.

It’s sad and scary when a program or add-on that purports to help keep one safe turns out to not be trustworthy, but given the lure of the Almighty Dollar, it’s not the least bit surprising. I’ve uninstalled Web of Trust from all my computers.

The good news is such tools may be obsolete anyway. Because most attacks now are in the form of fraudulent emails or sites that come and go so fast that they can’t be rated, maybe it’s better to just trust the browser itself, and use your head.

Meanwhile, I strongly advise uninstalling Web of Trust as soon as possible. Here’s how:

For Chrome: https://www.mywot.com/en/faq/add-on/google-chrome#chrome-uninstall

Firefox: https://www.mywot.com/en/faq/add-on/firefox#firefox-uninstall

Internet explorer: https://www.mywot.com/en/faq/add-on/internet-explorer#ie-uninstall

More info:  http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/uninstall-web-of-trust-right-now/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/leemathews/2016/11/07/web-of-trust-browser-add-on-blasted-for-breaking-user-trust/#6d6d42a651f5

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