Here’s an announcement; my blog has just recently been branded by this warning:
“WEBROOT- Reputation: MODERATE RISK
When visiting this website there is some probability that you will be exposed to malicious links or payloads.”
Traffic has always been light on my blog and this is not going to help. I’ve been thinking about what might have led to this and I think it might be an error caused by Webroot, Chrome, WordPress, or some other internet voodoo.
I’ve checked many of the links and I’ve been surprised. The Clozapine REMS Program website is also branded MODERATE RISK. Readers know how much I hate the Clozapine REMS Program. However, as ironic and funny as I think that is, I doubt it’s accurate. Another website that has been branded MODERATE RISK is the Gold Foundation, for goodness’ sake. They’re in the process of rebranding as I mentioned in a recent post. But I guess Webroot has already done that.
I’ve requested a URL Reputation Change. I didn’t even know you could do that until today. I’ve noticed many online discussion forums with long arguments about what leads to a website being branded like this. It can hurt business if you do most of your marketing on the web. It scares off customers. People get very frustrated about it.
Have I been hanging around with a bad crowd? Even though I’m pretty sure there’s been a mistake made by someone about all this, I’ve started removing links that I think might be contributing to my bad URL reputation, thinking that might be the problem. I’ve found quite a few that are similarly branded. Removing them has not changed my URL’s reputation.
I’ve been considering bagging the whole online presence I have because of the hassle over broken links and other website glitch management. I’ve thought about switching to something like Squarespace because they do all the work and I could just write. On the other hand, if Webroot is the problem, maybe all I need to do is drop them.
What do you do when you’re branded?