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Microsoft Helps The Dark Side?

A short while ago a couple of my websites were attacked!  Now this sounds much worse than it was but it did do some damage temporarily.

You are probably thinking that the attack consisted of a hack of some sort but this isn’t the case.  This attack was different because the culprit used the assistance of the mega-giant Microsoft Corporation to assist his or her efforts.

Have you ever seen the screenshot below?

It is when someone, anyone for that matter, submits your website to Microsoft through the Internet Explorer web browser as being a threat to computers.  As soon as Microsoft receives this accusation, their system flags your website without even confirming that the information is in fact true!

What this does is scare people away from your website who are using Internet Explorer and when Google comes for a visit, BAM, you just lost some hard earned rankings because you look like a scammer.

There is a remedy.  You have to contact Microsoft by clicking on the “More information” link that you see at the bottom of my first screenshot.  Next you will see a page where you select that you believe the site is safe or select if you are the owner of the website.

If you are the owner of the website, you will have to fill out the information contained in the screenshot below.

Now Microsoft says that it will only take about two business days to process your information so that a human reviewer will take a look at your site to determine if your site is actually a threat, but it is really more like one to two weeks.

In the meantime, you are losing rankings and oh yeah MONEY!  I was really pissed off when I wrote into Microsoft because they should at least notify you that you are being accused of phishing but if you don’t check your website on a regular basis then you won’t know the exact time that the warning has been placed on your site, which hurts you even more.

Hey Microsoft, how about checking the site first before automatically placing a warning on some unsuspecting Joe’s website!

So the moral of this story is to check your website/blog on a regular basis to make sure that someone didn’t use this underhanded technique on you because Microsoft doesn’t care if they destroy the hard work that it takes to get a site ranked in the search engines.  I thought that in this country that you are innocent until proven guilty.  I guess not when it comes to the Internet…

As always, leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

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Friday, November 12th, 2010 Coaching 1 Comment
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