Domain registrar auto-enrolls customers into $1,850 security service

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A software developer who willingly pays about $80 a year for the registration of two domains was unwillingly “opted in” to another charge of $1,850, and it seems he’s not alone.

Brent Simmons received an e-mail from Network Solutions Chief Security Officer Geof Birchall stating that he was being automatically enrolled in a new security program called WebLock.

“To help recapture the costs of maintaining this extra level of security for your account, your credit card will be billed $1,850 for the first year of service on the date your program goes live,” according to the e-mail, which Simmons posted on his blog. “After that you will be billed $1,350 on every subsequent year from that date. If you wish to opt out of this program you may do so by calling us at 1-888-642-0265.”

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via Ars Technica


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