You need a third reason, don’t you? I knew it.
Ok, here it is. A direct copy of their website’s homepage description: “WOT is a community-based, free safe surfing tool for browsers that provides website ratings & reviews to help web users as they search, surf & shop online.”
Let me break that down for you:
- WOT is a community-based, free safe surfing tool for browsers
- provides website ratings & reviews to help web users as they search, surf & shop online.
If you still didn’t get it: “WOT is about TRUST and NOT ABOUT SAFETY!”
Everyone rates what he or she thinks about a website like in: “Do I think this website is trustworthy?”
Think about that for a while…
Now ask yourself some questions:
- Would you trust a website because a right-winged skinhead thinks it’s trustworthy? MyWOT can’t rule out that extreme right-winged or left-winged people using WOT to rate their own websites.
- Do you think you’re safe from visiting a pedophile’s online photo gallery just because you are using WOT? Don’t even start thinking that. If the pedophile finds enough friends that say his website is trustworthy, it will be rated “good”. That’s where WOT employees will give you their default reply “rate your own” which translates to “shut up and give us another rating because we live of those”.
- How much trust can the “Web Of Trust” provide itself? Not much if you look at the percentage of domain names WOT has ratings for in comparison to the real number of domain names in use all over the internet. Remember that they only provide ratings about website WOT KNOWS, not the websites YOU VISIT.
Yes, you can safely throw their kind of “trust” over board and spare yourself the experience of installing their useless add-on, being tracked during every move you make on the internet and being disappointed in the end that it blocks some of the sites you love, but suddenly lets a virus-infected or adult website slip through.