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    • Chris4 on Sat 27 Mar 2010
    • 12:33:14 AM UTC

    Does WOT actually block the website or just display a warning over the top?

    Hi,

    It appears that WOT just puts a warning page over the top of websites, because you can see the website behind it.

    For example say kids were on the internet and accidentally went on a porn website, the website still loads and you can see it behind the warning, so WOT quite useless?

    Another example: Say a website had a trojan which automatically loads onto your computer when you visit it (had this from experience) WOT will again be useless because it just displays the bad warning over the top of the page thus you'll still receive the trojan and website is not blocked at all.

    Please correct me if I'm wrong. :)

    Chris

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    • c۞g on Sat 27 Mar 2010
    • 03:28:34 AM UTC

    Settings

    By default, WOT is set to Warn.
    You can choose to have it block.
    You can also select which warning levels per rating category to trigger WOT's interaction (warning or blocking)
    This is done through your user settings available here:
    http://www.mywot.com/settings/
    Open the Warnings tab, change the Behavior from Warn to Block by clicking on the switch icon; adjust your warning levels by clicking the [ - + ] icons, click Apply Settings at bottom of page to save.

    Support:topic: http://www.mywot.com/support/faq#protectionlevels

    difference:
    Warning = browser loads the page if WOT detects it's reputation is within your level of settings it displays the warning screen.

    Blocking = WOT checks the site's reputation first, if it's in your settings level WOT disallows the site to load and presents you with the Blocked screen

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      • neopal on Sat 27 Mar 2010
      • 03:59:02 PM UTC

      Blocked Should Be Default

      It seems to be currently set to just display the warning, but I think most people would prefer to be stopped from visiting red-rated websites altogether that are unsafe, rather than find you have to change your preferences too late.

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    • © DPhil™ on Sat 10 Apr 2010
    • 02:46:30 PM UTC

    It just display a warning

    It just display a warning over the top

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    • Chris4 on Mon 10 May 2010
    • 06:30:13 PM UTC

    Well I've chosen highly

    Well I've chosen highly unsafe websites to be blocked, which should be like that by default. What good is a warning if you're already on the page?

    Thanks.

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      • c۞g on Tue 11 May 2010
      • 02:32:35 AM UTC

      security

      WOT is one form of Internet security but it is not an Antivirus or an intrusion prevention system...

      Always use protection when going online.

      Never allow a child to surf without monitoring.

      Imagine the Internet is a large open field with millions of people crammed together like a can of sardines, you wouldn't go into that situation without some form of guard and you certainly would not allow your child to wonder off unattended; people have a false sense of security because they are at home or work behind a PC when logging online.

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    • BobJam (not verified) on Tue 11 May 2010
    • 01:50:54 AM UTC

    WOT is the babysitter?

    Chris4: "For example say kids were on the internet and accidentally went on a porn website, the website still loads and you can see it behind the warning, so WOT quite useless?"
    So these children are surfing unsupervised? And WOT is the babysitter?

    If you want WOT to behave as such, the solution is simple: Configure it to block instead of warn (see g7w's comment on that, and for why WOT isn't configured that way by default, see below)

    Chris4: "Another example: Say a website had a trojan which automatically loads onto your computer when you visit it (had this from experience) WOT will again be useless because it just displays the bad warning over the top of the page thus you'll still receive the trojan and website is not blocked at all."
    As g7w stated, WOT is NOT an antivirus program, and if you expect it to be such you will be sorely disappointed.

    What may be "useless" if you catch an infection from this site is your antivirus program.

    And, also as g7w pointed out, you can configure WOT to block instead of warn.

    The reason this is not the default config (and this has been discussed many times before on this forum) is that since WOT has to load the site first to assess its rating, surfing is significantly slowed down. The WOT staff decided, with good reasoning as far as I'm concerned, that if the add on by defaut caused slow downs, then users would likely ditch the add on, and wouldn't surf safely.

    Nevertheless, the capability to block is still there, so you can still choose that circumstance if you wish.

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      • Jazspeak on Tue 11 May 2010
      • 04:31:44 PM UTC

      Echo

      To say, "For example say kids were on the internet and accidentally went on a porn website, the website still loads and you can see it behind the warning, so WOT quite useless?", sounds like yet another parent expecting software to parent by proxy.

      I have to wonder why so many parents seem to think that they should be able to abdicate their responsibilities to appropriately supervise their children.

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    • c۞g on Tue 11 May 2010
    • 02:43:40 AM UTC

    What WOT is

    Let's remember one thing, what WOT is and what it is not.

    WOT is not an AV
    WOT is not a malware scanner (comparative to MBAM)
    WOT is not a popup blocker
    WOT is not an advertisement blocker.

    WOT is a reputation service allowing it's user-base to exchange their values of trust with websites they are familiar with.

    To aid in protecting that user-base, WOT incorporates various trusted sources that have identified IP and / or domain names that have the potential to be harmful and informs it's users appropriately, based upon their desired settings (warn versus block).

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    • my_john1993 on Wed 13 Jul 2011
    • 01:02:55 PM UTC

    RE: Does WOT actually block the website or just display a warnin

    The answer is--- YES!
    But one thing you must remember:

    myWOT is NOT a security protection software unlike most AV did (avast!, MalwareBytes, AVG, AdBlock Plus and others)
    It's just a reputation software allowing any users to rate and evaluate websites which is which.
    Please look for G7W's comment for further information.
    :D

    FFG Group (FiGHTiNG f0r GRATiS Group, Limited) by John Tabacon

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      • uhka tutka (not verified) on Wed 13 Jul 2011
      • 01:14:13 PM UTC

      RE: Does WOT actually block the website or just display a warnin

      That thread was started in March 2010 and the last post was in May 2010! Do you actually expect that the OP reads your reply? Today, it's Wed 13 Jul 2011 in case you clock runs slow. About a year later...

      If you don't have a good reason to revive a thread... don't. (Just a personal, friendly tip.)