Hello everyone, it’s Mancat Monday, thanks for coming by to visit. WeeeeeOoooo, it sure is hard to believe that it’s the last week of March already. I must be having fun because time sure is flying. That’s no fooling!
Hey, speaking of fools, there have been several fools stealing content from our pals blogs lately and a lot of discussion going on about how to stop it. Let me say up front that the best and only real way is to file a DMCA notice to the offending sight. Also, you want to file it with the offending website AND the hosting company hosting the offending blog and/or website. The hosting companies tend to take this matter more seriously. If you don’t know how to find the site host, you can go to https://whois.icann.org/en, enter the website name, scroll to the bottom and look for the Raw WHOIS Record and close to the bottom you’ll see the Nameserver List and can identify the company hosting the site.
You can find more information on DMCA Notices here: https://www.whoishostingthis.com/resources/dmca/
Now then, about the plugins that claim to stop the content thieves. Do the work? Not really. Although they do stop the copy and paste functions from working on your blog, almost every content theft is automated, which means they don’t actually come to your blog and copy and paste the whole thing. They use numerous software that “scrapes” your content from your RSS feed. Even if you only use snippets, they can bypass that and get your entire content. There are a few plugins that, if you pay to upgrade to premium, will disable your RSS feed, but remember, that’s how most of us get your blogs everyday because Feed Readers also grab your RSS feed.
One more thing before I go. On WordPress you can easily see the last time a plugin was updated. If it’s not somewhat recent or it says not compatible with your version of WordPress, don’t install them, it’s a big security risk. File those DMCA Notices promptly when you find an offending site. I hope this was a wee bit helpful to you.
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