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WOT, People-driven Internet Security, Launches Colorblind Accessible Version


HELSINKI, Finland – May 21, 2008 - WOT, a free browser security tool that helps individual Internet users surf safer by warning about dangerous websites, is releasing a Colorblind Accessible version of the popular add-on. With this new version, Web of Trust opens the door for 7% of the population, who wouldn’t benefit otherwise, to be warned about risky sites that could damage their computers and cost them money.

WOT, Web of Trust, complements traditional anti-virus software by providing Internet users an extra layer of preventive protection against spyware, spam, browser hijacking, phishing and other Internet scams. When searching with Google, Yahoo!, Wikipedia and other popular sites, WOT adds a tiny color coded icon next to the Web link: green tells that the site is safe, yellow means caution, and red indicates potential danger. WOT has information on over 18 million websites.

The new colorblind accessible version has been designed to provide people with color vision deficiency a useful tool for safer surfing on the Web. WOT safety rating symbols communicate clearly, but don’t dominate the search result view. With this new innovative software design WOT is pushing the boundaries to higher industry standards for accessibility.

“We have hundreds of thousands of users and we’re growing fast. It’s estimated that 1 in 12 men have a color vision problem, and 1 in 200 women, so statistically we already have tens of thousands of users who will benefit from this new version. Our goal is to make the Internet a safer place for everyone, so it was essential for us to make the extra effort,” says Esa Suurio, CEO of Against Intuition Inc.

“For us as a design agency it was an interesting challenge to work with a brand whose owners are ready to go the extra mile and change their website color scheme, symbol language, and even the logo on the new website reputation scorecard,” explains Ville Kolehmainen, Chief Creative Officer of Design Agency Fusion, the designer of the WOT graphical user interface.


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