What happens when the product with “confidence” in its name turns out to be the opposite?
Web of Trust is a browser extension which rates sites on the testimony of confidence. It shows whether the site is:
Trustworthy – classified green,
OK to a certain extent – Sorted yellow
Untrustworthy and loaded with viruses and malware – classified red.
Not so trustworthy anymore
Showing the company behind the network of trust siphoning history browser user and sold to third-party companies. After the revelation, the network pulled the confidence of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera.
Investigations website German news agency revealed that a network of trust and the collection and sale of the history of their own browser user. A web of trust as anonymising the data, still considers that it can be traced. German site could not identify 50 different people from the browser history of the sample data. They contain private information, which included sexually explicit sites they visited, and a police investigation that has an open stores they shopped in.
The researchers said that a network of trust was not even asking for their user before collecting or selling data approval.
A web of trust also that Mozilla was the only one that pulled the extension of its own. Web of Trust extension took down the Opera and Chrome themselves to make “appropriate changes” to it.
Uninstall it now
At the moment, add-remove from your browser if you were not already done so. And a network of trust that the re-launch of expansion in the next few weeks.
After this incident, they will need to make sure that include failure to comply with an option for those who do not want to share their data and make sure they are encrypted browser history, it does not take so as to be untraceable to the end user.
However, it remains to be seen whether WOT users will trust them again, after their attempts to sell personal data to third parties.