November 07, 2016 | 5 min read
Why You Shouldn't Trust the "Web of Trust" Add-on
- 2016-10-02 German research reveals severe privacy violations in https://www.kuketz-blog.de/wot-addon-wie-ein-browser-addon-seine-nutzer-ausspaeht/
- 2016-10-02 Audit of WOT by Rob Wu
- 2016-10-02 Discovered arbitrary remote code execution capabilities in add-on
- 2016-10-03 WOT listing removed from addons.mozilla.org
The "Web of Trust" add-on has been removed from the leading web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. It has happened soon after German media reported that the ‘Web of Trust’ add-on collects and sells the browsing history of users to third parties, without even bothering to anonymize the user data, according to databreaches.net
Add-ons became an essential part of our daily Internet usage. We trust them, but seems that too much. As the case with “Web of Trust” shows, you should think twice before entrusting your personal details to companies.
In its turn, the “Web of Trust” service posted an official response to NDR on its official website:
*MacKeeper strongly recommends not installing the “Web of Trust” add-on to protect your private information from leakage to third parties. The “Web of Trust” add-on is still available in Safari extensions. Besides, WOT also has a mobile app, which is also vulnerable to this data collection.
How to remove WOT add-on from Safari:
1. Go to Preferences > Extensions;
2. Choose WOT from the list on the right side of the window > Press Uninstall > Confirm.
How to remove WOT add-on from Chrome:
1. Go to Chrome Preferences > Extensions;
2. Choose WOT from the list > Click on the Trash icon > Confirm.
How to remove WOT add-on from Firefox:
1. Click on sandwich menu in the top right corner > Add-ons;
2. Choose WOT from the list > Click Remove.