Google Disabling AdSense Accounts For Using Tamper Data Firefox Plugin

Nov 19, 2009 • 9:10 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google AdSense
 

I have been seeing reports of Google banning and disabling AdSense accounts due to using a Firefox plugin named Tamper Data. Tamper Data allows people to view and modify HTTP/HTTPS headers and post parameters, which can be helpful, but also used for evil.

The emails being sent to these publishers read:

During a recent review of your account, our specialists found that tamper data was used to modify the country listed in your account. Changing your address in this manner is a violation of our policy guidelines.

What appears is happening is that publishers are signing up using Tamper Data to fake their location. You can read why and how this is done at this blog and this one.

In summary, certain countries are not allowed to sign up for AdSense so people fake where they are from. I am not sure why people would use this technique when they are in an approved location, unless I am missing something?

You can read the dozens of threads about this at Google AdSense Help or a thread at WebmasterWorld.

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Comments:

Jon Fitzpatrick

11/19/2009 06:39 pm

And then there are those of us who are not using fraudulent tools and are being BANNED from our Google Adsense Accounts. I am very upset at what has happened because there was no warning, no inquiry as to site activity and I have money due to me. I cannot get any answers and after reading several blogs of similar situations, I am going to attempt taking Google on.

Michael Martinez

11/19/2009 07:15 pm

Greed leads people to do many things. I am sure other techniques are being used. Those who rely on FireFox plug-ins are basically the amateurs.

Miltski

11/19/2009 11:13 pm

I guess it should be that way since anyone can take an evil advantage for it. However, firefox I think wouldn't do reckless such Tamper Data, because it is being use in association with Google.

Neal

11/20/2009 05:27 am

Tampering is only good for health concerns, but tampering data is against the judgment of search engines especially Google.

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