Blasty, Piracy & Phishing on the Wild, Wild, Web

a couple of years ago


Blasty is an online tool that monitors Google for illegal copies of your content and allows you to remove them with one click. The product is in beta and you can get free access now. I signed for the early beta of the service in 2015 and then promptly forgot about it. Then, a few weeks ago, Blasty’s system alerted me by email that several of my books were being advertised as free downloads at a number of sites.

My first response? Freak out, of course. I dropped everything to open my dashboard at Blasty and followed the links. Sure enough, there they were, my precious books being offered for free in PDF, MOBI, and EPUB format. Not only that, there were comments from people who downloaded them thanking the company for making them available. Spamming scourges of the internet, all! Aaaarg!

Read the rest of the story and find out how you can prevent your books from being pirated on my post for BookWorks.

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About the author

Carla King

Carla King is a travel and technology writer turned author and self-publishing expert. She started self-publishing in 1995 and founded the Self-Pub Boot Camp series of educational books, workshops, and online courses in 2010. She runs the self-publishing and technology track at the San Francisco Writers Conference and a series of online courses at www.selfpubbootcampcourses.com.