Earlier this year, I was looking into parental control software and saw the old standby, K-9 listed again and again. Given it's free status, I tried it along with some others. I noticed something odd, though, while looking at the site. Some areas seemed to be missing. The newest news is from 2016 when Symantec took it over and, before that, from 2013 when the last update happened.
I downloaded the product and commenced testing it. It failed everything - no blocking occurred no matter how I set it up. After a bit of investigation, I discovered that there doesn't seem to be any cloud database left. My guess is that Symantec gutted it at some point after buying it and never took it down. Why? Because otherwise protection would still occur. Why they would leave so many parents and their kids so vulnerable is beyond me.
Independent verification is needed so that I can, at the very least, add a note on Wikipedia which doesn't allow original research. Referring to a public announcement on a reputable site like this should be sufficient. If BC wants to put up an article about it - if it indeed is still dead, please let me know so I can reference it.
If Symantec wants to take the lead on officially announcing K-9s death, or resurrecting it (even better), that would be appreciated. Thank you!