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Dec 19, 2023 - A black hat website can be defined in boating terms as a deceptive internet domain created solely for the purpose of promoting a particular maritime business or entity. These usually come in the form of fake reviews and comparisons that aggrandize a targeted organization. They may also contain biased, hyperbolic or false information which is intended to enhance an aura of legitimacy. Black hat review websites will always culminate in a web link pointing toward the intended beneficiary. Other types of black hat practices include keyword stuffing, link farming, plagiarizing and data scraping. All of which are censured by various internet search engines.

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Black hat websites are prolific throughout cyberspace and can be found in virtually every segment of global commerce. In the marine industry, they are most common when it comes to vessel documentation or titling services, boat history reports, publications and other types of online services. Deployment of these nefarious tactics is a direct reflection upon the reputation and legitimacy of such companies.

Detection


Black hat domains cloaked as review websites are often recognizable given a lack of self-identification. You will find no contact information or domain ownership reference anywhere within its pages. A domain hosting lookup will also show up as privatized. Visit WikiTags for more information about how to detect deceptive websites.

Conclusion


Boaters should be on constant lookout for black hat and other unethical maritime websites. Please WikiShare any such experiences so that others can recognize these players by the color of their hats.


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