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Web of Trust spyware

sgunhouse
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I haven't seen an official post about it yet, but Slashdot is reporting that Opera, Google and Mozilla have all pulled the "Web of Trust" extension from their respective repositories after German television reported that it was harvesting users' browsing data. If you have this extension, you would probably be advised to disable or uninstall it. (The article says "extension stores" but as extensions are free I decided repository was a better word.)

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joshl
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(The article says "extension stores" but as extensions are free I decided repository was a better word.)

Store is not about selling, it's about storing. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/store

thehimagain
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    Greetings from Oz! EEK! I rely on WOT a lot. Saves me a lot of dangerous visits. Hope someone at Opera Tech looks into this... quickly.

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      WOT? POS!

      https://www.kuketz-blog.de/wot-addon-wie-ein-browser-addon-seine-nutzer-ausspaeht/

      original post. use google or bing to translate.

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      thehimagain, there is nothing for Opera to look into. Opera did not develop the software. When they found out it was spyware they removed it. If you want Web of Trust to not be a garbage program you have to speak with the developers of it.

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        Meanwhile, it appears that Opera has virtually no extension available which might replace what it ostensibly did--report on websites' reputations. There are also extensions/services--no on Opera--which do other safety checks. At this point, the only thing that I have been able to get to work is Avira Browser Safety, which does mark search results. Many of the alternatives (to WOT) won't work with Opera, even some Chrome ones (like Bitdefender TrafficLight). Many are free, if they work on your browser. Is Opera coming up with its own solution, and that is why there is nothing in the extensions "store?"

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