sent me an e-mail today.
The e-mail contained
the complete transcript of a warning that he received from his company.
on his break, he decided to have a quick look around feoamante.com and
was traced by the company's software spy program called Websense. Websense wrongly identified Feo Amante's Horror Home Page under its categories of 'Cult/New Age' and 'Non-Traditional Religions'.
is red flagged by Websense as a "bad thing". Anyone who
has ever come to this site knows for a fact that there is no Cult or religious
tones to this site what-so-ever. There never has been any such affiliation
to this URL. This is simply the inaccuracy of Websense itself.
Websense sent the following e-mail to to the visitor's employers:
From: Remedy Mail
Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2000 3:52 PM
To: ( Company Websense Case Worker )
Subject: Case (...), Severity III , has been
assigned to you.
View case at http:// ...
and move to WIP. Name: *
Description:CLIENT IS BEING "WEBSENSED"
WHEN TRYING TO ACCESS FEOAMANTE.COM WEBSITE.
Of course, the
whole point of buying Websense is to confront and possibly discipline
( that includes firing ) any employees who send off alarms ( feoamante.com
scored a Severity III ! ) on Websense. Naturally the Company Caseworker
sent off a note to the feoamante.com visitor. This is it:
Websense lists this site under
its categories 'Cult/New Age' and 'Non-Traditional Religions'. I don't
make judgement calls on these sites. However, if you're prepared to justify
access to this site based on your business need, then I will put you in
touch with XXX,
the Vice President of Human Resources. XXX has the authority to make the final determination.
( Employer's Websense Case Worker
visitor replied with the following:
( Employer's Websense Case Worker
Hmmmm. I don't have a business
need . . . I wanted to show someone the movie reviews . . . but I'd definitely
like to complain to Websense. The categories 'Cult/New Age' and 'Non-Traditional
Religions' most definitely do not apply. It's a fan site for people who
like horror movies, short stories, novels, etc. There's nothing remotely
religious or "cultish" about it. Whom do we sue?
The use of the * protects the identity of the visitor, likewise the " . . . "
protects their personal information. The terms ( Employer's Websense Case
Worker ) and XXX protect the company
for which * works.
As a corporation
they pay value for value, money for work, and they have every right to
monitor their employees' performance. The issue or fault here lies directly
with Websense themselves, for having wrongly labeled feoamante.com
and having exacerbated this mistake by wrongly alerting their customers
with this innaccuracy.
are all human, even those among us who write buggy software. Perfection
is humanly impossible; how fast you can address and resolve an error is
of paramount importance and that's what we are about to look at here.
* followed up by immediately contacting Websense directly. * explained the mistake and situation and, within a matter of hours, had
Thank you for your inquiry.
The site that you inquired about was not in the correct category or the
IP address was previously associated with a site of categorizable material (feoamante.com has never been associated with the
specified category -feo). The site has been categorized in the
Please allow approximately 3
days for the changes to be included in the database updates. Any time
you have any questions about a site in our database or sites that you
feel should be in our database you can email the entire URL, by going
We will review the site for possible categorization or other issues and
reply to you with any actions taken. TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS: If the
Websense or blocked message still appears after a few days, please clear
your browser cache and then try accessing the site. If the site still
appears blocked, please make sure the most current database is running.
Contact your Network Administrator for this. Thanks.
will wait the 3 working days (which should be Tuesday the 26th of September)
and keep you aprised of the results.
results? Jeremy Shafer was true to his word and feoamante.com is no longer
listed in the "Red Flag" section of their software.
you ever have trouble visiting feoamante.com as a result of a spy or security
program that wrongly identifies the site, please contact us at once. All
complaints will be investigated.