What Major Companies Have Done To Prevent Another Heartbleed

What Major Companies Have Done To Prevent Another Heartbleed

Apr 28, 2014

Heartbleed is one of the biggest security breaches we have seen for a huge number of years. There was a line of code in OpenSSL (the encryption technology used by the vast majority of servers) that enabled an attacker to get more information than he was entitled to. In other words, he could get access to your personal details, your login details, and all the content that’s tied to your account. 1. Public Awareness About Heartbleed And The patch It is both shocking and tragic that the bug existed in the technology for 2 years without anyone knowing about it. Well, at least someone outside of the inner circle. Luckily, at the point of writing this, things have been patched up, so there is no reason to panic. Still, it’s generally a good idea to change your passwords, just as a safety precaution. 2. Companies that support the development of open-source technologies Both Google and Facebook have promised to commit at least $100.000 per year to fund open-source projects that are of critical importance to the information technology. This will last for the next three years. One of these projects is OpenSSL, the encryption technology that’s used by pretty much every website out there. Moreover, it can be found in the vast majority of client applications, both desktop and mobile. 3. Online security is an important aspect of our everyday lives The security breach is seen as a reminder not to stop supporting a technology that is the core of so many systems, at least by these two companies. Other corporations are advised to do the same and give back at least something in order to fund the development of this technology. Hopefully, the attack will be an eye-opener to many more of them. 4. Financial aid with no strings attached Jim Zemlin, the CEO of the Linux Foundation, states that the funding does not aim to change the infrastructure of these open-source projects in any shape or form. Instead, it’s just giving blood to them and their developers, so the projects themselves are guaranteed to have a stable future ahead of them. He also expressed his wishes that he wants to see the...

101 of the best websites on the WWW!

101 of the best websites on the WWW!

Apr 25, 2014

Check out these 101 sites to find the most useful tools and sites the net has to offer.  Most the URL’s are short and easy to remember.  Note that some of these sites may become unavailable after publishing…we do not own or host any of these sites. 1 screenr.com record movies of your desktop and send them straight to YouTube. 2 ctrlq.org/screenshots for capturing screenshots of web pages on mobile and desktops. 3 goo.gl shorten long URLs and convert URLs into QR codes. 4 unfurlr.com find the original URL that’s hiding behind a short URL. 5 24timezones.com find the local time of a city using a Google Map. 6 copypastecharacter.com copy special characters that aren’t on your keyboard. 7 postpost.com a better search engine for twitter. 8 lovelycharts.com create flowcharts, network diagrams, sitemaps, etc. 9 iconfinder.com the best place to find icons of all sizes. 10 office.com download templates, clipart and images for your Office documents. 11 followupthen.com the easiest way to setup email reminders. 12 jotti.org scan any suspicious file or email attachment for viruses. 13 wolframalpha.com gets answers directly without searching – see more wolfram tips. 14 printwhatyoulike.com print web pages without the clutter. 15 joliprint.com reformats news articles and blog content as a newspaper. 16 ctrql.org/rss a search engine for RSS feeds. 17 e.ggtimer.com a simple online timer for your daily needs. 18 coralcdn.org if a site is down due to heavy traffic, try accessing it through coral CDN. 19 random.org pick random numbers, flip coins, and more. 20 pdfescape.com lets you can quickly edit PDFs in the browser itself. 21 viewer.zoho.com Preview PDFs and Presentations directly in the browser. 22 tubemogul.com simultaneously upload videos to YouTube and other video sites. 23 dabbleboard.com your virtual whiteboard. 24 scr.im share you email address online without worrying about spam. 25 spypig.com now get read receipts for your email. 26 sizeasy.com visualize and compare the size of any product. 27 myfonts.com/WhatTheFont quickly determine the font name from an image. 28 google.com/webfonts a good collection of open source fonts. 29 regex.info find data hidden in your photographs 30 livestream.com broadcast events live over the web, including your desktop screen. 31 iwantmyname.com helps you search domains...

Google New Hummingbird Algorithm With Long Tail Keywords

Google New Hummingbird Algorithm With Long Tail Keywords

Dec 6, 2013

Countless people in this world search lots of information through internet by searching through the search engines like Google using long tail keywords. But the Google Update released recently had made radical changes in the process of searching new things. Changes Done By Google The introduction of Google New Hummingbird Algorithm, a new search technology, had made drastic changes in this field within a decade. SEOs were using Google’s updated algorithms popularly known as Panda and Penguin for many years which allowed them to use the prevailing algorithm of Google with a slight difference. But you can not consider Hummingbird as an update to the algorithm as it is an entirely new concept in this regard has over 200 new and old factors to use it in searching information. New Concept In SEO Google was occasionally updating algorithms to make the search effective and quick for the developers. The introduction of the new algorithm is based mainly on two points: Google had introduced Natural Language Processing (NLP) to let the searchers understand their searches in a better way. Introduction of knowledge graph of Google had enabled the searchers to get relevant information about the method of mapping the semantic web by the company. The system of matching keyword used by Google for searching information has been changed by the introduction of these new factors to the system where search engine tries to search and deliver the information delivered by the searchers. In this way almost 90% search results have been changed on Google with the introduction of this new algorithm. Reasons To Change The Google Algorithm The main reason behind the core change in the algorithm was to organize the information of the whole world to help the searchers in finding the information easily. The increasing use of mobile devices for searching information online is another reason behind this change. Earlier you have to type the location to search for some information but with the introduction of this new algorithm for mobile devices you will have to ask for your query only without detailing its location. Google will have to locate the position of your device and provide related information by using the concept...

What Makes Google Search Engine The Best Among Its Counterparts

What Makes Google Search Engine The Best Among Its Counterparts

Jun 29, 2013

Millions of internet users go online everyday all over the world and in every minute of it, millions of users conduct internet searches using Google search engine as their most preferred tool. It is undeniable that Google leads the pack among its counterparts even if other search engines try to keep up and improve their performances. Google search has been enjoying this popularity for so many years now and it is hard to say that it is just a stroke of luck. Several factors and reasons do make Google search the leader among other search engines. Why Google Search is the Best? #1) Familiarity You often hear people say, “Just Google it.” Google has become the brand name of search engines. This is something other search engines do not enjoy. Since Google search has been popular for years, it has been instilled on the minds of users as the first choice to use when they need to find something on the internet. In fact, those who are just being acquainted to using the computer and the internet will be welcomed with this practice, thus, further making Google search more popular. #2) Multiple Languages Google search allows the use of various languages, making it very easy to use by people of all races. This is very helpful for those who do not use English as their main language and still want to be able to make local searches on their own dialect. #3) Clean and Easy to Use Page Even the novice will not be intimidated when they visit the Google search home page. The page is clean with no unnecessary buttons that will make things complicated. The user only needs to type in what it is he needs information about and the search results will be displayed immediately. Should the user make mistakes on the keywords, Google will even suggest the most significant searches to correct errors. #4) Trillions of Sites Indexed Google search has indexed trillions of sites, so it is highly possible that you will find what it is you are exactly looking for. This makes the results offered by Google highly relevant. Google uses spiders that crawl the entire web and index...

Google Webmaster Tools: A Technical Support To Websites And Urls.

Google Webmaster Tools: A Technical Support To Websites And Urls.

Jun 29, 2013

In the fight to maximize internet traffic resulting from site’s visibility in Google search, Google webmaster tools is a feature to reckon with. This is an arena where users can check their site’s visibility in Google searches. And an added bonus includes the fact that it is free. Google web masters provide a full fledged detailed report on a site’s visibility on Google search. How to add a web site into Google Webmaster tools? One can start by opening the page http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/#utm_source=en-et-gwcblog&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=sitemaps-us-gwcblog. In order to add the web site to Google web masters, one needs to log into the aforementioned site using their Google account. And the entire process requires the addition of a Meta tag to the web site which remains hidden to the viewers. After logging in, users will be guided to a page where an option to add URL will be given and after entering the full URL; they will be guided to a verification page. This verification doesn’t hamper the site’s ranking in Google searches. If the user already has an account in Blogger.com, the website leading to it can be added without undergoing any verification process. What sites can be added? Following is a list given by Google: http://example.com/ https://example.com/ ftp://ftp.example.com/ http://bar.example.com/ http://foo.bar.example.com/ http://www.example.com/foo/ http://www.example.com/foo/bar/ http://foo.bar.example.com/catalog/dresses/ And if a sub domain to the web site is available, then it has to be added separately to the Google Webmaster tools. Also, it supports Internationalizing Domain Names in Applications (IDNA) while adding the site. Threefold advantage of using Google webmaster tool: Here are some of the advantages of using Google Webmaster tools: Knowing Google’s view of the website in question- Users can learn how Google indexes and enlists their sites for a Google search and also they come to know the problems Google faces, if any, while searching for their sites. Querying about traffic and discovering external links- Data can be viewed, classified or downloaded about external and internal links with the latest link reporting tools. Also, there is an advantage of knowing which Google query drives viewers to the web site and how frequently. Sharing information about the site: Perhaps, Google Webmaster tools’ best feature, it tells users about their...

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