Mail.Ru Group Launches New Browser Featuring Web of Trust Safe-Surfing Technology

  Mail.Ru Group Launches New Browser Featuring Web of Trust Safe-Surfing

Business Wire

HELSINKI -- August 08, 2012

Web of Trust (WOT), a community-powered safe-surfing technology that helps web
users find reliable websites, announced today that Russia’s biggest Internet
company, Mail.Ru Group, has launched a new version of its browser which
integrates WOT’s crowd-sourced reputation ratings. The new browser is called
“Internet” and is being offered to 60 million users of Mail.Ru’s services.

WOT’s reputation scores protect Mail.Ru’s users from exactly the things that
traditional anti-virus software cannot such as sites with questionable
content, dubious online stores, unreliable vendors, and potential threats to
child safely and privacy. The scores also help guide users toward reliable
websites. Companies that currently license WOT’s reputation data include
Facebook, GlobalSign, DuckDuckGo and many other global online properties.

“Mail.Ru has been using WOT technology as part of our email services for more
than a year, and because our users enjoy the security and peace of mind, we
have expanded our partnership with WOT and have integrated their reputation
system in our newest browser,” said Andrew Kononykhin Head of digital
distribution department at Mail.Ru. “As the largest email provider in Russia
and the largest Russian-language Internet company, we have a responsibility to
protect our users while they surf the web as well as contribute to the
trustworthiness of the web at large by supporting WOT’s crowd-sourced effort.”

With the WOT browser add-on, Mail.Ru’s “Internet” users now see color-coded
traffic light icons next to URL links to indicate which websites can be
trusted. A green icon indicates a trustworthy site, yellow advises to be
cautious, while red indicates a potentially dangerous site. The icons are
shown on the address bar, and on external links displayed on search engine
results pages and social network sites. The WOT add-on has 40 million
downloads and its users have rated 38 million web sites according to their
actual experiences – including 2 million websites in Russia. Each month, more
than 350,000 new sites are evaluated according to trustworthiness, vendor
reliability, privacy and child safety.

“Mail.Ru has been a fantastic partner and we were eager to expand our
relationship with the launch of their exciting new browser,” said Markus
Suomi, CEO of Web of Trust. “Mail.Ru’s social network is the most popular in
Russia and eMarketer projects faster social networking growth in Eastern
Europe than in North America. So we expect our relationship with Mail.Ru to be
increasingly strategic.”


  *eMarketer’s February 2012 Social Network User Growth study
  *To download your own WOT browser add-on:

About WOT Services

Web of Trust (WOT) is a community-powered browser add-on that helps web users
find reliable websites. WOT uses an intuitive traffic-light rating system to
help web users stay safe when they search, surf and shop online. Website
ratings are crowd-sourced from a fast growing worldwide community of WOT users
who have rated the reputation of 38 million websites based on their
experiences in terms of trustworthiness, vendor reliability, privacy and child
safety. Community ratings are augmented with information from selected
technical data services. The WOT add-on works with Firefox, Google Chrome,
Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari and is a free download from

About Mail.Ru Group

Mail.Ru Group (founded in 1998) is a leading Internet company in the
high-growth Russian-speaking Internet markets (Russia is today Europe's the
largest Internet market measured by number of users, ComScore, September
2011). Mail.Ru Group's sites reach approximately 84 per cent of Russian
Internet users on a monthly basis (ComScore, December 2011) and the Company is
the world's fifth largest Internet business, based on page views ^ (ComScore,
December 2011).

Having the Communitainment (Communications + Entertainment) strategy the
Company is moving rapidly to build an integrated communication and
entertainment platform. The Company operates two of the three (TNS, December
2011) largest Russian language online social networking sites (Odnoklassniki
and Moi Mir (or “My World”)). The Company also operates the two largest
Instant Messaging (“IM”) networks in Russia (Mail.Ru Agent and ICQ), Russia's
leading email service and Russia's largest Internet portal (based on
daily and monthly unique users, TNS, December 2011), and the Company operates
Russia's largest online games platform.

The Company holds strategic minority equity stakes in VKontakte (a 39.99 per
cent stake) and Qiwi, formerly OE Investments (21.35 per cent interest). The
Company also holds small minority stakes in international Internet companies
including Facebook, Zynga and Groupon as well as a number of small venture
capital investments in various Internet companies in Russia and Ukraine.



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