Sitelock Scam

Jim Groom, bavatuesdays, Oct 02, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

When you receive a report that your website has been hacked, the first thing to do is not to panic. That may be hard to do with your host provider warning that your site might be deleted forever unless you take immediate action. And as Jim Groom reports here, tthey may suggest that you pay hundreds of dollars for security. But take a deep breath, and check. It might be nothing - when Groom's site was reported, for example, it turned out only to contain a link to some other site that was on a Google blacklist. "SiteLock wanted to charge me $199 to remove a link from a blog post," he writes. Companies prey on users' inexperience. We should be thinking about ways to counter that.

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