Proxy servers showing HubPages content

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  1. sallybea profile image98
    sallybeaposted 3 years ago

    I found this, a Vietnam HubPage complete with today's feed.  How is this possible?

    http://www dot gooadv dot com/search.php?search=hubpages.com&p=1&id=

    1. Writer Fox profile image45
      Writer Foxposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      They are showing the HP site in a frame.  In other words, the content is not posted on their site.  You are seeing your personal information because you are logged in to HP.  Use a different browser, do not log in to HP, and you will not be able to see your activity.

      You could send Paul E. an email and ask that he block the IPs of that website from accessing HP:

      NS27.NETKL.ORG   103.246.204.111
      NS28.NETKL.ORG   103.246.204.112

      How did you find that site???????????

      1. sallybea profile image98
        sallybeaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        All I did was look for sallybea hubpages and found hundreds of results.  I am still feeling shocked by the scale of the misuse of my pages.

      2. sallybea profile image98
        sallybeaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Writer Fox, I have made a request to HubPages to have them block the IP.  Will wait to hear the outcome.
        Thanks for your help.
        Sally

        1. Writer Fox profile image45
          Writer Foxposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Cool.  I'm glad you did that.

          They do have advertising on the page, so they are making money.  I can't imagine how they actually bring viewers to that site, though, and if you look at the homepage, there's no search feature or any way to find the content.

          1. sallybea profile image98
            sallybeaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            Perhaps you can help with this one - what is this http://loglr dot com/i/62048

            1. Writer Fox profile image45
              Writer Foxposted 3 years agoin reply to this

              It's a frame, too.  See the writing at the very top to the right: "Close Frame"

              Here are the IP addresses:
              216.69.185.3
              208.109.255.3

              1. sallybea profile image98
                sallybeaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                Thanks Writer Fox

              2. sallybea profile image98
                sallybeaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                That one has been reported too, will have to wait and see if it is acted upon.

            2. colorfulone profile image85
              colorfuloneposted 3 years agoin reply to this

              A sleuth on HubPages!

              1. sallybea profile image98
                sallybeaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                smile

    2. Matthew Meyer profile image73
      Matthew Meyerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      These are proxy sites, so they are not actually copying the content per se (it isn't actually copied on the server)

      Proxy servers can be used by people to access content that may otherwise be blocked by their ISP or country in which they reside and are not necessarily malicious.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proxy_server

      So for this URL, if you change it to another sites, it will show that content as well.
      http://www dot gooadv dot com/search.php?search=aol.com&p=1&id=

      I have sent this information to our engineering team to see if we can and would like to block such sites.

      1. sallybea profile image98
        sallybeaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Hello Matthew,
        That is very reassuring, thank you very much.
        Sally

      2. Mark Johann profile image60
        Mark Johannposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks for this wonderful insights about the proxy sites/server.

      3. makingamark profile image67
        makingamarkposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Let's be very clear about this Matthew - this is something that MUST get a response from HubPages for two reasons.

        1) Google does not like duplication. We know this. This content was found in a response to a search query. Hence if HubPages content is being duplicated widely than that of and in itself will be a reason why Google will not like HubPages. It was my understanding that HubPages was trying to regain favour with HubPages.

        2) The content on HubPages is copyright to the content creators - and my guess is that most will only want to see their content placed on HubPages and NOT see it duplicated on proxy sites. In other words there are two parties to the decision-making on where this content is seen.

        If you are unable to work with your engineers and Google to ensure that these sort of sites get removed by Google then I'm afraid that you will find that content creators will start finding new homes for their content.

        I know that ex-lensmasters have been reporting more problems with this sort of thing since their content arrived at HubPages than they ever experienced at Squidoo.  This has been reported in the forums for a few weeks.

        My guess it's something to do with the reduction of article sites. Hubpages has become a magnet for this sort of proxy site that wants and needs content.

        This is a problem which is not going to go away anytime soon unless HubPages gets involved now and starts taking action on a regular and routine basis.

        I look forward to you reporting back on this.

        In the meantime if people want to see if this is a problem affecting them just search Google with "your hubber name + HubPages" .

        1. Matthew Meyer profile image73
          Matthew Meyerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          The content is not being copied and it should not show up as dupe. The Proxy is merely providing a window that shows you the site.
          You can see a bit more explanation in my post above. http://hubpages.com/forum/post/2711298

          1. makingamark profile image67
            makingamarkposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            If I see something duplicated in the responses listed by Google in its search index then in my book that is duplication.  Your argument is Google will ignore it. My argument is that if Google is ignoring then why is it serving it up in responses to search queries?

            The wikipedia article (re the link you referenced) is about as clear as mud.

  2. colorfulone profile image85
    colorfuloneposted 3 years ago

    So weird.
    I am on the Vietnam HubPages site right now typing this.

    1. sallybea profile image98
      sallybeaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      i wonder how that is possible!

      1. colorfulone profile image85
        colorfuloneposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        What is even more curious to me is, WHY would someone do that.
        It doesn't appear that there would be anything to gain by doing that.

        1. sallybea profile image98
          sallybeaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          The fact that they can get right into the system and you can post things from there seems very alarming to me.

          1. Susana S profile image97
            Susana Sposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            They don't get into the system smile

            It's just a proxy website and nothing to worry about.

            Here's an explanation of what a proxy website is: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/97314?p … ost2078195

            1. sallybea profile image98
              sallybeaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

              That is interesting, maybe accounts for the fact that I never heard anything from staff anyway.

        2. Colin Quartermain profile image95
          Colin Quartermainposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Might want to watch the site - it got flagged by my anti-virus as a phishing site, and according to google has previously hosted malware and trojans

          1. sallybea profile image98
            sallybeaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            I really do wonder how sites like this are allowed to exist.  Definitely something staff here should be looking into.  More shocking is how my username plus HubPages and my hubs are being used to drag people onto sites which are completely unrelated to what I write about.  Of course there are the usual individuals using my work for their own intent as well.

          2. colorfulone profile image85
            colorfuloneposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            I didn't get any warnings, but since you did Colin, it is most likely best to stay off that site. Thanks!

            1. sallybea profile image98
              sallybeaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

              Neither did I get a warning.

  3. aesta1 profile image90
    aesta1posted 3 years ago

    i just hope that security is addressed seriously here in HP. The more popular you are in the web the more you become the target of these people. Given the scale of the copying, HP should really intervene.

  4. Mark Johann profile image60
    Mark Johannposted 3 years ago

    I believe this is just some kind of a application which is like a Vietnam App Browser inside a Google Chrome Browser.

  5. Lee Hansen profile image74
    Lee Hansenposted 3 years ago

    In the case of proxy servers, Google should have checking code in their indexing algorithm to verify and not penalize those servers. I think the proxy server system is one way Asian nations get around censorship or funnel Western content to academic or other communities. Matthew?

    1. sallybea profile image98
      sallybeaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      The problem being as far as I can see, is that these sites are being used in order to earn an income from Adsense without the owners actually doing any of the writing..  I object to my work being used in this way.  Am I wrong?

 
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