Ok So Im a web designer I run a company doing web design. Is there a way to have a fail safe way that if a customer dosent pay you. And locks you out of their hosting and FTP. The site that is made gets wiped away or can not be used. Or kill his whole server ftp? I say this cause in America. Lets say you leave your car at a mechanics shop. You owe the mechanic $600 and you only pay him $300. The mechanic wont give you your car back till you pay them in full. And if you don't pay he will sell your car and make whatever profit they want off it. Now if the situation was this way in the web world. I would be a very happy man. But its not! And some of these client are Shady as fuck! I once had a client that I was almost done with their site. The lady was acting like a bitch, so I decided to can the job and give her, her deposit back. Well her business partner (boyfriend) contacted me and said "if you put the site up. I will make sure you get paid, and you wont have to deal with us again" I did and I got fucked.. He lied and I ended up getting locked out of their server. Then getting all the gfx we did stolen along with it. And then they did a fucking charge back... I haven't had this problem till just recently. I had a client (a douche bag one at that) that is trying to pull the same shit. He did a charge-back on his CC in Nov and caused me to owe paypal $400. I took 2 of his sites down after I found out about the charge back. He did this over nothing, really. Nothing!! Shit was complete. Hes just trying to get more work out of me. And I dont play that game...... And then threatens to retract his $250 deposit on that same job. And an additional $400 for another job. All paid with paypal. This is so fraudulent its not even funny. What a fucking scam artist. He locked me out of the CMS, his FTP and his hosting... I found a loophole with this asshole. That he dosent know about. And Im in the CMS and have full access to his FTP server now. But this may not be the case for all clients.. So with all that said. WTF can I do to safe guard my shit? Im sure others have had similar issues.