Actually, they have never lied to me - they have been mistaken, but I haven’t attributed that to deceit - just error, or ignorance, or confusion. While no one is perfect, and no company is without fault (including Dreamhost), it’s the *pattern" of action that I’m concerned with, and I have always been impressed with the candor with DH has dealt with me.
“Dreamhost” is a company, and people “lie” - companies have no “moral” component to their behavior. Is it possible that a DH employee has ever lied? Of course!
Is the company, therefore, dishonest? Only if they condone, or encourage it - and I have not seen DH do that in the 8 years I’ve hosted here. Some people look at an issue, or an action, and see the worst possible explanation; others look at the same set of facts and see other possible explanations. Many times this is the case when someone perceives someone else is “lying”.
All this actually is “off topic” for this thread. I think if you want to discuss whether or not Dreamhost is honest, deceitful, etc. you should start a thread with an appropriate subject heading - you’ll draw a very different crowd to that thread than you will to a thread on security issues (from which this has now devolved)
You seem to really, really distrust DH, - and it seems you you have felt that way for quite some time now. I’m wondering why in the world you would continue to host here if you really feel that way about it? There are far too many hosts around to trust your data and your sites to people whom you deeply distrust, and life is far too short to spend time being frustrated with such a situation. Just my thoughts, and obviously YMMV.