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GoDaddy

Explore facts & opinions on GoDaddy, a company we advise against transacting with, based on a collection of web scraped data.

Positive

  • Good place to start if you want to dabble with the web
  • Could be considered Hip because they have flashy diverse ads
  • Generate 500+ jobs
  • Active community forums / blog

Negative

  • Small List of controversies involving GoDaddy
  • Bad Comments
  • 2023GoDaddy: Hackers stole source code, installed malware in multi-year breach
  • 2021 – Price gouging for domain names related to COVID-19.
  • 2020 – Massive data breach, exposed millions of customer records and login credentials
  • 2020 – Faced backlash for violating their own privacy policy by sending unsolicited emails to customers promoting third-party services.
  • 2019 – Suspended and seized domain of a popular gaming website without warning, leading to accusations of overreach and poor communication with customers.
  • 2018 – A GoDaddy employee was caught in a phishing scam targeting cryptocurrency investors, leading to accusations of lax security measures and unethical behavior within the company.
  • 2013 – CEO, Blake Irving, was criticized for past involvement in development of controversial digital surveillance program PRISM, while working at Microsoft.
  • 2012SOPA: Does not support free and open internet
  • 2011 -DNS Blackout policy
  • 2006 – Domain Kiting Allegations
  • Other Problems
    • Domain transfer difficulties
    • Website speed and uptime issues
    • Multiple Security Breaches
    • Questionable business ethics and advertising tactics
    • Misleading pricing and hidden fees
    • Outsourced Customer Support
    • Limited backup and restore options

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