After 3+ years of fighting an excruciatingly difficult battle with spammers, hackers, etc, we now have no choice…
Kingged.com is shutting down access to some countries…
… shutting down access (indefinitely) to many IP addresses of people from countries like:
- and a few other countries.
And no, Kingged.com itself is not shutting down. We plan to be here for the long haul.
Seriously though, we were forced to make this decision to shut down access to many IP addresses of people from these countries because of the seemingly never-ending barrage of hacking attempts, massive spam and worse, DDoS attacks that go on for hours on end.
If you have been a member for a while, you will remember when these attacks brought the site down for DAYS. Well, even worse attacks are still happening all the time, but thanks to our security setup with Sucuri, Cloudflare and our host, we are able to keep a lot of the attacks from always causing havoc.
But even with Sucuri helping us and our 24/7 support team always banning guilty members within minutes of them joining, it’s still a losing battle, considering the incredible amount of time and resources devoted to this daily.
We have had 2 to 3 staff members working 24/7 on this for YEARS, moderating/deleting posts of, and even banning dozens to 100+ spam accounts every single day.
See example of what the situation was before we shut down access for these countries:
Again, we have always had 2 to 3 staff members working 24/7 on this for YEARS, moderating/deleting posts of, and even banning dozens to 100+ spam accounts every single day.
That’s why you haven’t seen a SINGLE spam post or spam comment that has gone live anywhere on the site, since 3+ years that we started.
But despite all these, it’s still not slowing down new attacks and spammers at all. It’s a constant cat-and-mouse game that is a massive drain on time and resources.
A large chunk of the over $300,000 that we have spent on Kingged.com over the last couple of years has gone into just paying the wages of our 24/7 staff members and programmers, to help keep the spammers and hackers from polluting things here. That’s just too much money to keep spending on a battle we can’t win.
Until we have a gazillion dollars to dedicate to this, we would rather spend the time and resources on other activities that help move Kingged.com forward. That’s definitely better, even if we end up with few high quality members, than battling spam and all sorts of attacks all day long.
If you are in any of these countries, and your IP address is affected, and you can’t access Kingged.com… but you are a valuable member, don’t worry – we have got you covered and can still get you in, 🙂
Yes, we will still be allowing valuable members in, even if they are affected.
But only those who have added REAL value since they joined Kingged.com, even if they are in any of the affected countries.
Please email us here using this email address: info AT kingged.com if you are affected and include your Kingged.com username in the message. We will check and let you in, but only if you have indeed been a valuable Kingged.com member since you joined.
If someone you know is also affected and can’t access Kingged.com but has been valuable since they joined, please tell them to do the above.
Again, we will only do this for those who have added value since they joined Kingged.com.
If you have only mostly come to share posts but haven’t added value in your engagement with other posts on Kingged.com, we are sorry but we won’t let you in, if you are affected.
Moving forward we are strongly focusing more on “quality” rather than “quantity”.
We will be very happy with only 1,000 active and very valuable members, rather than 100,000 inactive and low quality members who only come to “take” but not give back to the community.
Thanks for understanding,
[Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.]