Is Big Brother Watching Your Website?

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Lots of people worry about "Big Brother"--whether they think of the government or even Google as "Big Brother"--looking at their websites. They worry they could be shut out or shut down.

And, while these can be legitimate concerns, there are millions of websites out there. Millions.

And people get scared when they hear about a few dozen websites being shut down or domain names being seized. That's something like a fraction of a fraction of a percent. You are probably more likely to be struck by lightning than to have your website shut down. Even more so if you're not doing anything illegal or questionable on your website.

That's not to minimize concerns but to put things into perspective.

The greater risk to your website(s) is not "Big Brother" watching your website, but rather you not watching your website.

Think about it... How many people have no idea how much they are spending each month on their sites? How much they are making each month on their sites? What their gross is? What their net profits are?

People worry about the government tracking PayPal payments so they can collect tax on income, but how many of those people keep good track of incoming and outgoing PayPal payments so they actually know where they stand financially?

How many set aside money, if need be, to pay taxes at the end of the year?

What about links? Do all your website links go somewhere? Do you have broken links to pages, graphics or external websites?

Do you have unused images and pages cluttering your website's server?

Do you have half-finished pages on your site? Pages you meant to come back to later but forgot about?

Are there pages with no meta tags? No incoming links from your navigation bar or other pages on your site? Pages with no titles? No descriptions?

Do you have a robots.txt file?

Are all of your buy buttons working?

The way things are right now, you're more likely to lose your website due to your own negligence than you are by having some government agency take it away. Granted, there are legitimate concerns about government meddling online, but many people would probably do well to worry less about "Big Brother" watching their websites and worry more about keeping an eye on their own sites themselves to make sure everything is working right.

After all, if dozens of people couldn't buy your product because your buy button wasn't working, how much would that cost you?
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  • Profile picture of the author lukemeister
    Good points.

    One thing that could possibly get the Government looking at your site is if it got hacked and malicious people are using your server to host files and distribute bad stuff that gets the Governments attention - which can happen on poorly monitored sites - and if you happen to end up with terrorists (just for example) using your web space in this way, that could turn the Government eye to your little domain and spot on the web. But even then, it wasn't specifically you being malicious, just ignorant
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  • Profile picture of the author temp_12000
    well, I think if big brother, assume is google, does not look at my site at all, then that's a bad thing, since my site will not be indexed.
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  • Profile picture of the author mezner
    Well you really need to look at WHY these sites were taken down. Chances are most of us here have no reason to be taken down (I bet there is a good reason whenever a domain or site is seized, the owner just doesn't want to admit it).
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  • Mark my words the "big brother" will shut down the internet one day, you can bank on it.
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    soon people... Relax...
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce NewMedia
    Originally Posted by Dan C. Rinnert View Post

    The greater risk to your website(s) is not "Big Brother" watching your website, but rather you not watching your website.

    ....The way things are right now, you're more likely to lose your website due to your own negligence than you are by having some government agency take it away.
    I would agree Dan, it's our own negligence that is more to be feared than government, when it comes to these web properties.
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    Bruce
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