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Pop-up "from FireFox" advising to disable web of Trust

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Pop-up "from FireFox" advising to disable web of Trust

On 25Jan2017 I received a pop-up "from Firefox" advising to disable Web of Trust because it may cause instability. This occured almost immediately after updating my Sept 2010 iMac's "Sierra" OS to version 10.12.3. Is this an authentic message from Mozzilla or the Firefox browser, or some form of malware? I keep Firefox current [now 50.1.0], but have not yet installed 51.0 update yet [generally wait a week or so in case problems are reported]. Any advice? Thanks for your help.

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Re: Pop-up "from FireFox" advising to disable web of Trust

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/blocked/

As of January 24, 2017 - Web of Trust 20170120 and lower was blocked in Firefox, due to "stability or security issues". And that is with all versions of Firefox. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/add-ons-cause-issues-are-on-blocklist

The block request bug report reveals that WOT is accused of being "spyware" and selling private data to 3rd parties. http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/web-of-trust-browser-add-on-spioniert-angeblich-nutzer-aus-a-1119...

Google English translation of that Heise Online article


The TOS / Privacy Policy on the WOT website contained accurate information about those actions per EU rules, but they never updated their Privacy Policy in the Mozilla Add-ons website. Clear violation of Mozilla Add-ons website rules, so that extension was removed from the add-ons website.

Given 2 1/2 months had expired with no action from WOT to correct the errors / omissions, Mozilla decided to block that extension and disable it. User are free to re-enable WOT, but if WOT doesn't get their act together their extension could be hard blocked so that it couldn't even be enabled ny the user.

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Re: Pop-up "from FireFox" advising to disable web of Trust

Note: Some versions of WOT is reported as SpyWare.

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Re: Pop-up "from FireFox" advising to disable web of Trust

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/blocked/

As of January 24, 2017 - Web of Trust 20170120 and lower was blocked in Firefox, due to "stability or security issues". And that is with all versions of Firefox. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/add-ons-cause-issues-are-on-blocklist

The block request bug report reveals that WOT is accused of being "spyware" and selling private data to 3rd parties. http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/web-of-trust-browser-add-on-spioniert-angeblich-nutzer-aus-a-1119...

Google English translation of that Heise Online article


The TOS / Privacy Policy on the WOT website contained accurate information about those actions per EU rules, but they never updated their Privacy Policy in the Mozilla Add-ons website. Clear violation of Mozilla Add-ons website rules, so that extension was removed from the add-ons website.

Given 2 1/2 months had expired with no action from WOT to correct the errors / omissions, Mozilla decided to block that extension and disable it. User are free to re-enable WOT, but if WOT doesn't get their act together their extension could be hard blocked so that it couldn't even be enabled ny the user.