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User Awards - vote for your candidate now!

As some say “better late than never”, so today as in the previous years, we decided to show recognition and reward to the most helpful and enthusiastic WOT community members.

As a WOT Team we consider every single member of our community as exceptional person, who is willing to help to make the Internet a safer place. We highly appreciate every active WOT user who rates, comments and support other community members. For us it would be simply impossible to select the winners, so traditionally we give the voting power to you all.

Please feel invited to submit your nominations for Members of the year - users who deserved it for being active, helpful, and respectful to others, and helping the community work together with a positive attitude.

We are looking forward for your nominations starting from today (6th of May 2014) for two next weeks (until 20th of May 2014, 12:00 PST). Please send them by email awards(at)mywot.com including:
- Subject line: WOT user name you are voting for
- Short explanation of your choice
- Your WOT user name

Nominations submitted to any other WOT email or in the comments will NOT be taken into account.

You may nominate yourself. All the nominations will be kept anonymous. However, we reserve the right to share texts of some of the explanations in the future postings without revealing their authors.

Based on the number of submitted nominations we will select 3 winners, who will be announced on our blog by the end of May and awarded with limited edition WOT mouse pads.

So please make up your mind and submit your nomination! By submitting it you will also get a chance to win the mouse pad.

In addition to Members of the year, based on WOT statistics, we will also award users in the following categories:

The Most Active award for the user that has started most forum discussions – brought new online threats to light and maintained an active discussion within the community.

The Problem Solver award for the user that has replied most to site evaluation requests – helped site owners to deal with problems with their site’s reputation.

The Techie award for the user that has been active on the support forum – helped other users with technical issues.

Not standing still

Indeed, as active WOT community members have commented on the forum, we have had quite a lot of things going on at WOT. We have had people changes, experiments of business models and engaged into discussions about policy changes such as how ratings and comments are displayed together.

And that’s all in addition to the broadening scope of deploying WOT, as the mankind comes up with new ways to fool the Internet users.

So I understand that some community members may feel overwhelmed and try to find a larger story. Sorry to spoil a good angle but what’s really going on is another set of days in the life of a small, aspiring company.

Having said that, of course, having one of the Co-Founders go and pursue other opportunities outside WOT, is not just another day at the office. At the same time, all the farewell notes left to Sami Tolvanen - both privately and publicly - were highly appreciated to display gratitude for his contribution over the first eight years of WOT story.

So from now, we go forward with Timo Ala-Kleemola, the other Co-Founder, assuming officially both the CIO and CTO role. I, Juha-Pekka Sipponen (LinkedIn CV here), am the new CEO as of March 2014. I have been a part-time consultant with WOT since May 2013 so I do have a running start with the WOT fundamentals.

As for the other changes, I’d just say that we are not standing still. We are going to continue to focus on stay one step ahead of manipulators. We will try to make WOT a little more accommodating to those experiencing it the first time. We are going continue to improve our operative fundamentals. We are going to experiment this and that. The list goes on and on. As is should for small companies with a big mission. So expect changes to continue. But we’ll try to do them engaging with the community as much as possible.

Happy Easter

The WOT Team wishes you a Happy Easter!

WOT was voted as the Best Privacy/Security Add-On

We are happy to announce that few minutes ago we were informed that WOT won the Best Privacy / Security Add-on category in the Readers' Choice Awards 2014. WOT managed to win its category with a share of 49 % of the votes! The WOT Team would like to thank all of you who supported WOT with their votes and by spreading the word. We wouldn't have made it without you. This trophy belongs to all of you! Image

The Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 scam

As usual, the scammers are lurking waiting for the right opportunity to initiate a fraud. This time, the scammers focused on the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 (AKA, the missing airplane), trying to take advantage of this tragedy.
This scam is usually spread via Facebook or Twitter.  The posts contain a video screenshot and claim that the missing airplane was found (the place depends on the story but it can be everywhere, from Andorra to Bermuda triangle). Some of them go to the extent claiming that several of the passengers are still alive. In order to catch people’s attention, the posts pretend to belong to well known and respected news organizations such as BBC or CNN.
If someone tries to see the post, he will be asked either to share it or fill a survey. Some of them are even better disguised, leading to a fake YouTube page with an age verification dialogue. Of course, in the end, the user is asked to provide his personal data. In the best case scenario the user’s data might end up in a marketing list or he might lose few cents because of the surveys.
Beware of these kinds of posts. Facebook tries to eliminate them but they keep reappearing. Remember to check the reputation of the site you are visiting and keep in mind that if a post asks for sharing or filling a survey in order to see its content, it is probably a scam. As of today, 19/3 the research for the missing airplane still continues.