Here is the situation: I was checking blog visitor statistics this morning. When there is a referral link from a forum or another blog rather than as search results, I generally follow the link to see the source of the link. This is what I found today:
Following the link, I saw this blog post by Melih Abdulhayoglu, the President and CEO of Comodo:
"And its been over a week and she still hasn't put my response to her post on her site Surprise Surprise!Since the only comments I reject are spam links or comments containing vulgarities, I proceeded to check the Dashboard. A screen copy of the Dashboard notice of comments that were awaiting moderation at Security Garden is too wide to incorporate here. The image is available at http://securitygarden.googlepages.com/MelihCommentNotices.GIF
I responded to her site on July 4th... and knowing the possibility of them censoring my post, i took a snapshot of my screen as I posted it.....7 days on... they rather censor what their users read...welldone Donna! Somehow I had a hunch that being concerned about telling the truth to her readers wasn't the first thing in her mind
Today its 11th July, they still continue to spread the lies and haven't changed a thing...
Your sole purpose is a witchhunt against Comodo.. I hope you are being paid well for that
As can clearly be seen in the above-linked screen copy as well as the e-mail notice, reproduced in References below, the comment was left not on July 4 but rather last evening, July 11, at 11:29 PM. It is apparent that Comodo President/CEO "doth protest too much".
No, Melih, I do not get paid for blog posts or help on the forums. My issue is not only with Comodo but also with any so-called security company with practices I perceive as not being representative of a security vendor (see Ethics tag).
As to HopSurf, the domain registration information from DNS Stuff is copied below and HopSurf is registered to Comodo. That does not, however, change my warning to parents, as originally posted. HopSurf is a pre-checked toolbar for a so-called security product with a EULA clearly warning against the toolbar being available to anyone under age 18:
"1.5.The Toolbar and the Services are not intended for use by or availability to persons under the age of 18.IF YOU ARE UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE, YOU MAY NOT DOWNLOAD, INSTALL OR USE THE TOOLBAR AND YOU MAY NOT ACCESS THE SERVICES."With such a warning, I have no other choice but to believe that use of the toolbar would provide "adult-only" results in searches.
- DNS Stuff Lookup: www.hopsurf.com A record
Domain Type Class TTL Answer www.hopsurf.com. A IN 3600 220.127.116.11 hopsurf.com. NS IN 3600 ns0.comododns.net. hopsurf.com. NS IN 3600 ns0.comododns.com. hopsurf.com. NS IN 3600 ns1.comododns.com. hopsurf.com. NS IN 3600 ns1.comododns.net. ns0.comododns.com. A IN 21600 18.104.22.168 ns0.comododns.net. A IN 21600 22.214.171.124 ns1.comododns.com. A IN 21600 126.96.36.199 ns1.comododns.net. A IN 21600 188.8.131.52
- E-mail notice: "New comment on Parents Beware of Comodo Firewall."
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Parents Beware of Comodo Firewall":
HopSurf is a Comodo product, developed and published solely by Comodo, not ASk.com.
Please get you facts straight before posting what could be considered and is False information.
Moderatecomments for this blog.
Posted by Anonymous to Security Gardenat July 11, 2009 11:29 PM
show details 11:32 PM (10 hours ago)
Reply Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Parents Beware of Comodo FirewallPlease note - failure to publish any posted comments that are contrary to your posts is proof you are completely biased and therefore unreliable. People should be made aware of this fact.":
Posted by Anonymous to Security Gardenat July 11, 2009 11:32 PM
- Referral link: http://forums.comodo.com/empty-t42573.0.html;msg288724;topicseen
- Screen Copy of Dashboard Comments: http://securitygarden.googlepages.com/MelihCommentNotices.GIF
- Security Garden: Ethics tag
- Security Garden: Parents Beware of Comodo Firewall
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