A couple of days ago I posted about the false-positive warning McAfee has had on my site, Maggie’s Notebook, for months. I’m asking you not to stop reading until you learn how McAfee makes the decision to ruin a blog’s reputation. See it below in purple text. Today I’ve learned that I’m not the only one, and specifically I’m not the only one flagged who has NO malicious coding or links on my site. Natural News, a very successful site, was flagged for the same reasons I am flagged. After Natural News posted the following headline, they heard from McAfee.
“…malicious defamation on innocent websites”
McAfee asked Natural News for $38,000.00 to remove the flags. They settled for $32,000.00 According to Natural News, the red flags were gone in minutes.
How the McAfee slander machine works
McAfee’s “web reputation” technology is based on a user rating system called “Site Advisor.” You can see the NaturalNews.com false red flag rating at:
Site Advisor’s scores are derived from users who sign up to be “site reviewers.” The ratings from these “site reviewers” are then TRUSTED by McAfee to be accurate, regardless of whether they are accurate or not.
This faulty reputation structure allows gangs of online paid trolls (so-called “anti-P.R. companies”) to game the system and coordinate a campaign of submitting negative ratings for any targeted website (such as Natural News).
McAfee then multiplies the effects of this trolling campaign by claiming such troll ratings to be accurate and true, thereby flagging completely innocent sites as being “malicious” or containing “security risks” when, in reality, it has been nothing more than the subject of a carefully planned and orchestrated troll assault that uses the McAfee Site Advisor system.
McAfee, in other words, willfully allows its technology to be used by oppressive hate speech groups to censor quality website content by falsely flagging it as “malicious.” Source: Natural News
In other words, a McAfee customer can asked to be a Site Advisor. When a “site advisor” decides I am unsafe (as in spreading conservative thought or disagreeing their their ideology), they flag me and it’s pretty-much over for my blog. No one has to prove a thing.
After I wrote this post about my situation, Grumpy at Grumpy Opinions ran a few detection services on my behalf. He ran a Sucuri check on Maggie’s Notebook and posted about it. I’m told Sucuri has an excellent reputation. Here’s the result:
As you can see, they show the McAfee warning and then show that Google, Norton, Phish Tank, Opera browser, Yandex, ESET and Sucuri’s own malware tools show Maggie’s Notebook completely clean.
No. I am not a McAfee user. Yes, I have contacted them over and over. The night I wrote the post you’ll find here, I heard from them with an automated response and a Ticket number.
Please note, there is no set turn-around time for requests submitted to this email address. For quicker turn-around, please submit URLs through Trusted Source Ticketing System with your comment at the following link. Requests submitted through your registered account will be processed within 3-5 business days while some requests may take longer.
For URL Submission: https://www.trustedsource.org/?p=mcafee
While I have submitted numerous times through “trustedsource.org,” I do not have a registered account, and plan to never have a registered account. You should do the same. I have spoken to Technical Support by phone and while the woman was very nice and polite, she was extremely difficult to understand. Short story, I was told to go to Site Advisor and submit my concerns by email (which I have done over and over). No, Site Advisor cannot be reached by telephone.
One more thing: the warning on Site Advisor about Maggie’s Notebook points to Blogads as my problem, and to be clear, Blogads is not the problem, and because of McAfee, Blogads has not been on my site for months. BUT here’s the story: McAfee says they “haven’t tested it [Blogads] yet,” and by their own admission they “don’t have enough information,” but flagged me anyway. Many, many sites use Blogads as an advertising source. They are completely reputable.
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