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    My small relatively inactive website has been labeled a "Deceptive Website" by Google. It is only running Vbulletin 4.2.2. Is there something I should know or do?

    http://www.carscene.ca

    Thanks
    Last edited by rcull; Tue 22nd Nov '16, 8:48am.

  • #2
    Maybe I just solved it myself.

    I found information suggesting going to "Google Search Console". There I found carscene flagged. I followed the link:
    Social engineering content detected on http://www.carscene[.]ca/ View details







    and found that there were two pages flagged


    I have ran Photopost Classifieds, but had recently changed it. I still had a widget running on the front page showing some ads. I removed it, and deleted the classifieds. I think it may have solved it.

    While it is good to have got past that (If I have), what ever Google flagged was not a problem that it should have found as deceptive, it would have simply been an image linking to the ad! Hardly deceptive.

    Thanks,

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    • #3
      This is a personal view rather than an official company view but -all part of Google's continuing attempt to rule the internet I'm afraid.

      See also - their browser flagging non-https sites as a security risk. That starts next year. So now everyone has to get SSL, even if they don't need it, because Google says so.
      They aren't my favourite company at the moment I have to say.
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      • William Thomas Jr
        William Thomas Jr commented
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        Be very afraid if you're Conservative in politics or Christian in religious affiliation. Facebook especially is under fire for "bogus" news media sharing by the liberal media (still licking their wounds from underestimating the white Christian voter base). Google is already cracking down on "Fake News Publications". If the liberals get their way it will be nothing but CNN or the Clinton News Networks. It's not really Google per say, but it is them if you consider an independent company caving into social pressure to censor the internet.
        Last edited by William Thomas Jr; Tue 22nd Nov '16, 11:10pm.

    • #4
      I was hoping that the https stuff wasn't going to effect me. Does this mean that I have to apply for an SSL certificate and then running my entire site behind it? As I look around a bit, it may be that just because I have a forum and people register for memberships, I may need one.
      How can small non commercial sites survive!
      Last edited by rcull; Tue 22nd Nov '16, 10:28am.

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    • #5
      Originally posted by rcull View Post
      I was hoping that the https stuff wasn't going to effect me. Does this mean that I have to apply for an SSL certificate and then running my entire site behind it? As I look around a bit, it may be that just because I have a forum and people register for memberships, I may need one.
      How can small non commercial sites survive!
      To be completely honest, there's no reason not to run HTTPS these days.

      You can even get free certificates from Let's Encrypt (https://letsencrypt.org/) and even a single domain SSL from another provider is extremely cheap these days. There's no need to go after name-brand certs unless you need the entity verification for a company. For Let's Encrypt you need SSH access or use one of the supported hosts on their list here: https://community.letsencrypt.org/t/...s-encrypt/6920
      To be updated...

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