Student accommodation in Leeds

I feel that after my last post, where I showed up how a property company in Leeds that offers student accommodation was cybersquatting on a rival company, I should explain how that’s done. It may have been confusing, or people might have thought that it was done by accident.

It wasn’t, it’s a blatant attempt to cash in on the good name of a decent student accommodation company.

The screenshot below shows the HTTP Headers of the domain www.pickarproperties.com when you visit it. You can see from the Headers (which are returned by the server) that a 302 redirect is in place to the rival company. This redirect even goes to the http:// version of the website, rather than the www version, creating a canonical URL issue (very poor).

That’s by the by though, the proof of the deliberate attempt to cyber squat is in the image below.

Darren Jamieson, aka MrDaz, is the Technical Director and co-founder of Engage Web and has been working online in a career spanning two decades. His first website was built in 1998 and is still live today.

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