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Google to kill Google+ because of big data leak

 

Some time ago, on October 8, 2018, Google came out and admitted to a data breach in its Google+ social network, because of a software bug. This bug resulted in close to 500,000 user accounts getting compromised. There is no proof available so far that any user’s personal information was misused. If you recall, not too long ago, Google had to allay fears among its users that the developers were being given access to the users’ Gmail accounts, and could potentially misuse them.

As per an article published in the Wall Street Journal, Google chose not to come out with the details in the open, regardless of the fact that the data belonging to so many users was at risk. The company feared major damage to its reputation.

 

What exactly happened?

In the period between 2015 and March 2018, a good number of outside developers were potentially able to access the personal Google+ data of the users, because of a software glitch in the system. Although an internal memo warned about the potential ‘regulatory interest’, if the leak was made public, leading to comparisons with Facebook and the likes (owing to the Cambridge Analytica scandal), no notification was sent to the users of the social network.

Google+ users normally provide access to their profile data to the apps run by Google+, through API. This bug resulted in apps getting access to all their profile fields, including the ones not marked as public. Google clarified in a statement that this data is usually limited to only optional and static Google+ profile fields, such as the name, age, gender, occupation and email address. The tech giant said in a statement, “It does not include any other data you may have posted or connected to Google+ or any other service, like Google+ posts, messages, Google account data, phone numbers or G Suite content.”

 

As Google keeps the log data of APIs for no more than two weeks, it wasn’t sure about the users that were impacted by this glitch. However, after carrying out detailed analysis that spanned over two weeks, before the bug was patched, Google disclosed that close to 500,000 accounts were impacted. The company claims that no evidence was found of developers being aware of this bug, or any account abuse happening.

It also posted the following on its blog, “”Our Privacy & Data Protection Office reviewed this issue, looking at the type of data involved, whether we could accurately identify the users to inform, whether there was any evidence of misuse, and whether there were any actions a developer or user could take in response. None of these thresholds were met in this instance.”

What is Google planning to do now?

As per an announcement made on the company’s blog, Google will be ‘sunsetting’ the Google+ service for general consumers and offer it only to the business customers from here on. It is also putting processes in place to tighten up its security systems, as well as various privacy measures throughout the Google suite. The company will also roll out various additional controls in the near future and will update the policies associated with its APIs.

Google Penguin and Link Building for Small Businesses: 4 Tips

When Google Penguin 4.0 was released in October of 2016, one of its main goals was to target and reduce the rank for sites that were found to have poor links. While the Internet search engine giant’s intention was to improve user experience and de-index spammy sites, some webmasters with legitimate websites took a hit. If your website was one of the many small business sites flagged by the Google Penguin update, then you may still be trying to repair the damage that was done. However, there are ways to protect your site and avoid having it ranked down further.

 

1.      Be Diverse with Links and Anchor Text

 

The best way to protect your small business site from getting slapped by Penguin is to have a great deal of diversity with your anchor text and link building. Anchor text is what creates links on your page (or “clickable” text,) and this is mostly what Google Penguin is targeting. If you create too much of this text on your site and do not diversify your keywords and anchor text, there is a good chance that you might incur a penalty.

 

Instead of trying to use these keywords to increase your ranking, try to focus on the right kind of link building that will both avoid this problem and bring increased traffic to your site. The links that you create should be focused on quality, not quantity. This may take some more time and effort on your part, but effective Google marketing is not accomplished overnight, so building up a quality website with researched keywords will help you avoid incurring future penalties.

 

2.      Avoid Older Link-Building Tactics

 

Some small business owners take advantage of forum profiles and comments with built-in backlinks for link building, but this is now a dangerous tactic with Google Penguin. It’s easy to create these links, but it is unwise to rely on them too much. Even if you are making relevant comments on a site, if you make too many, you might be targeted. Instead, focus on creating backlinks from quality sites.

 

Link building through social sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, is usually more effective when it comes to both increasing traffic and protecting your site from being penalized. If you want to avoid the Google Penguin slap, then learning quality link building can be one of the best ways to do so.

 

3.      Remain in the Know

 

One of the most effective ways to avoid being penalized by Penguin can be to stay informed about changes to the algorithm. This can help you avoid making errors that you might otherwise make out of ignorance when it comes to link building for business.

Google creates updates at least a few times over several years and the results from previous updates may take time to show, so track your rankings carefully and set up Google alerts for keywords pertaining to Penguin algorithm changes to ensure that you’re always in the know when it comes to keeping your site on track with the company’s link building guidelines. You can also follow the company on social media to read about the latest news and updates.

 

4.      Look To Successful People for Guidance

 

Proper coding, link building, and backlinking can be frustrating, especially when your business is new and there are many other duties to perform. However, you can look for guidance by following in the footsteps of other successful entrepreneurs, such as technology and communications expert Peter Foyo, who has used his knowledge and talent to build his company, Principal Standard Group, to international success. Studying his techniques and those of other powerful entrepreneurs can keep you motivated, even when the odds seem insurmountable.

 

Staying in the good grace of Google Penguin and its algorithms can be daunting for you as a small business owner. However, staying updated and building healthy linking practices can help you succeed.

 

New Gmail is not as good as Classic Gmail

After I switch to the new Gmail, I used it for three days. Gmail stuck more than five times.

When I search the emails by email address, it stuck at loading.

Sometimes it stuck when I try to open an email.

Now I switch back to the classic Gmail. Stable is more important than any others.

 

Upgrade Nexus 7 (2013) to Android 6

My Nexus 7 (2013) tablet got the OTA upgrade notice on November 10, 2015. It is a big update from Android 5 to Android 6, or from Lollipop to Marshmallow.

It is said new Android 6.0 Marshmallow improved performance, battery life and features.

Since the first announcement at Google I/O on May 28, I wait more than five months to get the OTA update package. The update package size is 334.9MB.

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Look at the system update notice.

  1. Get help with whatever you’re doing with Now on Tap: just tap and hold the Home button from any app on your tablet.
  2. Enjoy a longer-lasting battery with Doze, which extends standby time.
  3. Protect your privacy with runtime app permissions, which give you more control over your personal data.
  4. and more here https://www.android.com/versions/marshmallow-6-0/

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Small update of Nexus 7

My Nexus 7 got another update again, when I am back home. It is said, “This software update will upgrade your Nexus 7 to improve stability, increase security, and ifx bugs. Downloading updates over a mobile network or while roaming may cause additional charges. Update size:10.3MB.”

 

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After installation and restarting. The system Android version is still 5.1.1. Build number is LMY481. It is an update of 5.1.1, over previous 5.1.1.

Based on the industry news, Google will issue montly updates for its Nexus devices.

Increase Blog Traffic 2014

There are so many tips to help blogger to increase blog traffic. Here is my list for 2014.

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  • Make my blog content SEO-Friendly.
  • Use Twitter, Facebook, Google+
  • Add Graphics, photos and illustrations.
  • Frequently modify or improve my own posts.
  • Enable Subscriptions.
  • Welcome user comments.
  • Participate Q&A sites, including Yahoo Answer, Answers.com, Quora, StackExchange, etc.
  • Publish posts regularly.
  • publish posts often

 

Great deal of New Nexus 7 Tablet

It is a great deal for a 7 inch Nexus table.  I ordered it on Nov. 7. Received it yesterday.

The tag price on shop.ca is $249.99

The total I paid is less than $150.00

1) Sign Up Shop.ca $25 Promo. It can be used on this order.

2) Sign Up ebates.ca 20% rebate for Shop.ca
http://www.ebates.ca/coupons/shop-ca

Go to shop.ca through ebates.ca Link

3) $10 Coupon  on checkout page.
4) Pay by Paypal Check Out, get $25 Speical discount
5) Last  ebate.ca

The formula is as below:

($249 – $10)X1.12 – $25 = $243.79

1.12 is the tax rate in BC. The $243.79 will show on the shop.ca order details page. When I got the Nexus 7, I have another reward $20, then I have $26.09 rewards can be used in next order.

On ebats.ca site. I have 20% rebate, it is about $42.99. and also a signup bonus at ebates.ca. So I have total $52.99 rebates. It will be send to me at next payment on Feb 15, 2014 through paypal.

So the total I paid for this item is $243.79 – $25(paypal) – $52.99 – $26.09 = $139.71

$139.71 including tax and shipping.

If I order it through Google official site, the price is $229.00 plus tax.

 

 

 

 

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