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Life In LoFi is Clear. Apologies For the Scare

Submitted by on January 16, 2013 – 12:07 pm 5 Comments

Life In LoFi

Life In LoFi is safe to browse

Yesterday, January 15, thousands of you saw a warning in your browsers before you tried to read Life In LoFi. This site was effected by a Google false positive from one of our partners (more on this after the jump). Many other high-profile websites, including Mashable, TechCrunch, Cult Of Mac were also effected by the same warning.

Life In LoFi was never infected with malware, we have never hosted malware that will infect your computer, and Life In LoFi is and was safe to browse.

We got the all-clear from Google at about 7:30 PM CT last night.

What is the current listing status for lifeinlofi.com?
This site is not currently listed as suspicious.

Has this site acted as an intermediary resulting in further distribution of malware?
Over the past 90 days, lifeinlofi.com did not appear to function as an intermediary for the infection of any sites.

Has this site hosted malware?
No, this site has not hosted malicious software over the past 90 days.

Click here for an excellent post on TheNextWeb about what happened. Vator News has a great post also. Basically, what happened is that Google erroneously flagged adsbyisocket.com as serving up malware. Part of our ad inventory is served by iSocket.com through their portal BuyAds.com. Mashable, TechCrunch, GAwker, MacNN, Life In LoFi — all of these sites and others use iSocket to serve some or all of their available ad inventory. Because of this, we also got the malware warning from Google.

“So far we have zero indications of malware actually being distributed by our ad server, and zero traces of any breaches to our industry-standard security,” isocket Founder & CEO John Ramey told TheNextWeb in a statement. “Google’s malware system is often contradictory and prone to false positives that inappropriately cripple good websites. We are vigorously investigating what the issue may have been and trying to get our publishers back online. It’d be nice if Google was as quick to fix a false positive as they were to cripple good businesses.”

Life In LoFi takes your security and browsing experience very seriously. We have a lot of under the hood security measures in place to prevent the bad guys from injecting malicious code into our site that will sell you Viagra and Cialis or do other, worse nefarious activities. I work hard to keep Life In LoFi a trustworthy browsing experience.

My apologies for any scares yesterday. My huge thanks to those of you who called, emailed, tweeted and Facebooked me to let me know of this problem. I just checked Google, and checked again. It looks all clear from here. It may still take a few more hours to propagate down through the rest of the web.

Thank you for your patience and thank you for reading Life In LoFi.

=M=

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Marty Yawnick

Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.

  • http://www.learnphoto.ca Noel Chenier

    that’s better than having your site hacked…

    had that happen to me…ONCE…
    much stronger passwords since then!!!
    :)

    Noel

    • =M=

      I understand, Noel. We use other methods as well to lock down LoFi. That’s why I was so surprised about yesterday.

      =M=

  • http://www.learnphoto.ca Noel Chenier

    yep…even worse is when your internet service provider itself gets labelled as a spammer and you can’t send emails to anyone!
    Noel

  • Eric

    This Google warning was on my site too some weeks ago. It’s stupid that Google can make your website look dangerous without consulting you first! It cost me a lot of time to remove this message because you can’t call Google and complain.

    • Marty Yawnick

      That sucks, Eric. I hope you got everything worked out with minimal damage to your traffic and your SEO.

      =M=