Problems With Free Web Hosting Packages
You have to give respect to the direct, honest, open attitude of the no-nonsense attitude. As I have described before when discussing free web hosting, free web design, free anything online, you have to hand it to the one who refuses to be taken. In other words, the person or company online who offers a product, service, or information and admits the contingencies--up front--will be the one getting the vote. Same goes for offers of free web hosting, free web hosting, free web anything. It can be a component of free web hosting that is truly free, and then you will be charged monthly fees, for instance, but say so from the start. Free web hosting that has hidden fees...might be your undoing...or unraveling. You do a keyword search for "free web hosting advice", you get a bunch of listings for free web tools, you get sucked into the alluring promise--which only asks for your email, name, address, social security number, and wife's first husband's name--and you get a bill. Or you get spammed, cross-linked, de-railed, hijacked, manipulated, conned. But lest you think I have joined a particular group of free web hosting keyword tricksters, getting you to click on the search engine results for "free web hosting" to get you to arrive at a fraudulent page worth nothing--when in fact I am not offering anything free..except complaints--I digress. Just know that you can avoid such scams, can combat them, and can be protected in case you get ensnared in one: - You have rights. As a consumer, a web user, or a business owner. If you get a bill from a company you have never done business with or a company who had originally offered free stuff but is now billing you--listing hidden costs/fees--refuse to pay. Tell them the law considers what they have done as a gift. You are not required to pay for any service or product sent you that you did not order. - Carefully read your phone and credit card bill statements. If shadow sites have latched onto your account, charging you for services/products you did not order, ask for, authorize, or use, call the bank or phone company and report the fraud. - Keep carefully administered accurate records...on paper. Hard copies of all purchase agreements will be helpful in case you need to take legal measures. And the burden of proof will be on the defendant, so their inability to provide [non-existent] signatures and approvals, against your records of what you did agree to (such as free web hosting tools, for example), will put you in the rightful place. As the old hippies said, "Nobody rides for free." Don't fall for it and don't let anyone sucker you in....
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