Archive for June, 2012
LinkedIn Hacked – 6.5 Million passwords leakedMillions of active LinkedIn account users were told this week to reset their passwords, after it became apparent that classified security information was stolen. The business networking site boasts over 160 million users worldwide, was compromised and members details were posted online by the hackers. LinkedIn Director Vicente Silveira released a statement saying, “We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts.” He went on to say that those who were affected are likely to find that their login does not work. If so, contact site admin immediately. We would recommend you login whilst you still can and change your password accordingly!
Google Maps to go 3DGoogle announced this week at a conference in San Francisco that they are going to deploy a fleet of Google exclusive small camera-fitted airplanes above several major cities. This comes as Google intend on reaching its ambitions as setting up a 3d digital map of the world. It is hoped that the first maps should be released and available for view at the end of 2012. We are yet to know the exact cities to be chosen, but Google did already display some images of a 3D map of San Francisco. “We’re trying to create the illusion that you’re just flying over the city, almost as if you were in your own personal helicopter,” said Peter Birch, a product manager for Google Earth.
Facebook close to allowing under 13s to registerAccording to The Wall Street Journal, Facebook is getting closer to allowing under 13s to register for an account. Apparently, Facebook is testing features that would limit children’s activities on the site and protect them from unsuitable content and users. One of the features rumoured to be tested and near completion is that a child’s account is to be linked to their parents, so that they can control the account too. Friend invites, app downloads and picture uploads will all have to be checked by the parent or guardian. Recent reports have found that over 33% of young people on the social networking site are under 13 anyway. The new features would encourage more users on the site, and more parents to be protective over what their kids can or cannot see.
It has been a month since Google announced its most recent updates to its search engine (52 to be precise), aimed (like always) to improve the content of the pages that appear in the SERPs and punishing sites it sees as using unethical SEO practices, i.e. Spam and duplicated content (mostly). However, a different loveable creature with similar colour features to the typical Panda has been used to identify a slightly different change to the algorithm, which webmasters have been noticing this month… The so-called Penguin update was said to be released around about the same time as the Panda update. Almost immediately many web-masters hit the forums complaining of dropped rankings having long conformed to Google’s ranking guidelines. So what’s the Penguin about? Essentially, where the Panda updates have usually been about the originality and standard of the on-page content, the Penguin update created to filter sites that used questionable linking techniques to improve rankings in the SERPS. Google’s Search Quality guru, Matt Cutts, said that sites with “unusual linking patterns” (i.e. irrelevant anchor text or links from unrelated sites) were most likely to be targeted with this update. Quick Tips: If your site has been negatively affected by this particular update, fear not! Over the last month we have found a few of the best ways of dealing with it and recovering from it as well.
- 1. Paid Links
- 2. Guest Posts
- 3. SPAM Comments
- 4. Bad Sites