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For those that do not know, Websense is a Web/Email security company that now sells a multitude of products, to include software and hardware.  Many government agencies use them, as ours did initially when I was with a NY agency, and quite frankly my first-hand experience with them was more problematic than problem-solving.  I totally get error-ing on the side of caution, but at the same time find overly cautious classifications based on IP addresses is not the way to filter the Web; especially given that the vast majority of the Web is hosted on shared servers.  Anyway, since I've responded to a few of these email inquiries from our users lately, I figured I share my canned email response globally with all users....

Thank you for the notice.Sorry to inform you that your security experts are wrong…any errant code they are seeing is injected into the page as it's loaded, and is not stored in the native code.The site is hosted on the worlds largest web host, 1and1.com, and occassionally their shared servers do get classified as SPAM servers; however, there are no hidden links or any other malicous code hidden in the native source files.

Unfortunately, I cannot control the thoughts or opinions of other security "experts"…nor do I have any interest or available time to convince them otherwise.  I hope you're able to access our site from your personal  or alternate Internet connection(s), as I truly value your participation.  Thanks again for the heads-up.

All the best,

Larry C.
Media-Geek.com Administrator

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