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January 27, 2011

New "Web of Trust" extension for Opera knows

Oslo, Norway - January 27, 2011

If you have ever wanted a trusted guide to help navigate the twists and turns of the Web, look no further than the Web of Trust (WOT) extension. WOT is an extension available for Opera 11, the newest browser from Opera Software. Download WOT from addons.opera.com.

WOT protects you in two ways. With each site you visit, clicking the WOT icon next to the search field displays the trustworthiness, vendor reliability, privacy protection and child safety of the site, as determined by a global community of more than 17 million WOT users. As an added level of protection, the WOT icon is displayed in search results, Wikipedia links and links in other popular sites to determine the trustworthiness of sites before you visit them.

"WOT brings transparency to the Web and makes it more difficult for unscrupulous site owners to operate," said Vesa Perälä, CEO of WOT. "For example, the WOT community is better at detecting scam sites than automated systems alone, because it requires input from real consumers to identify bad customer service. We are pleased to make the WOT extension available as another line of defense for Opera users."

"Browsing the Web with the Web of Trust extension gives a completely different sense of security," said Christen Krogh, Chief Development Officer, Opera. "Instead of browsing alone, you have millions of people helping point out what sites are trustworthy, are safe for your children, and respect your privacy. No matter how you use the Web, Web of Trust is an essential tool to browse safely in today's sometimes uncertain environment."

About Opera extensions

Introduced in Opera 11, Opera extensions help personalize your browser and enhance what the browser can do. More than five million extensions have been downloaded since the first preview release. Nearly 400 extensions are already available, with more appearing each day. Try an extension today at addons.opera.com.

About WOT Services

WOT Services provides unique community-powered tools that boost trust on the web. The popular browser add-on Web of Trust (WOT), the leading community-based safe surfing tool that uses an intuitive traffic-light rating system, helps web users stay safe as they search, surf and shop online. Reputation data collected from millions of users and trusted sources is used as an additional safety element by various search engines, social networking sites, anti-virus software and others. WOT is a start-up company with investment from sources such as MySQL founder Michael Widenius" investment company Open Ocean, the Finnish Industry Investment Ltd., and private investors. Download WOT at www.mywot.com.

About Opera

Opera enables more than 350 million internet consumers worldwide to connect with the content and services that matter most to them. Opera also helps publishers monetize their content through advertising and advertisers reach the audiences that build value for their businesses, capitalizing on a global consumer audience reach that exceeds 1 billion.

Opera is a trademark of Opera Software AS.