Archive for the 'Google Search' Category

Intent by Google and Mozilla Cronies to Deprecate HTTP

A suggestion on the Mozilla Dev forum aims to deprecate HTTP in favour of HTTPS. Has it really come to this? Browser devs dictating the protocols we use? Of course, it is all in the name of freedom.

Mozilla Prefetch and Google Search Results

If you browse the web with Mozilla Firefox and search a phrase or keyword from Google, be aware that Google prefetches the first Google result. This has privacy implications and/or can be used for affiliate cookie stuffing by Google and/or others. Here is more information from Mozilla: Along with the referral and URL-following implications already [...]

Google Forced User Tracking through JavaScript and the “fp=” query string

We recently wrote an article about Google Spyware and are following up. In the Google Spyware article we discussed Mozilla Firefox “phoning home” to their rich benefactor, Google. While Google does not call the practice “phoning home”, Google defends the practice as a way to “help” the user. For some time now (and probably more [...]

Did you mean – Top 2 results shown (Google)

Google delivers yet another new feature where users type a keyword into they Google search engine and Google returns editorial (i.e. “suggested”) content.

Google Spyware – Mozilla Firefox

Now we have discovered that by using Mozilla Firefox as our current browser of choice, we have been unknowingly sending Google all of our search queries. Google calls this practice the “auto suggest” feature in the Mozilla search bar and defends the practice as a way to “help” the user. Great! We do not have [...]

Google Safe Browsing Slows Firefox While Feeding the Tiger

Just upgraded to Mozilla Firefox version 3.0.5. Not sure if that is the latest version or not. This post is not about that. This post is about Firefox silently using Google’s Safe Browsing technology. I do not specifically remember the installation process, but I am pretty sure that Firefox enabled both “Tell me if the [...]

Google Spam Detection Algorithm

For internet promotion in search engines like Google, do not over do it. Some spam pages are documents that have little if any meaningful content, but instead comprise collections of popular words and phrases, often hundreds or even thousands of them; these pages are sometime called “keyword stuffing pages.” Others include specific words and phrases [...]

Google Mind Control: Reward Google When Google Screws Up

Using Jedi Master mind control techniques, Google entices webmasters to reward the search giant when Google screws up their own search engine. Google’s standard response to webmasters about their website being suddenly and unexpectedly dropped from the Google Search index is for the webmaster to join the Google Webmaster Central. Google claims that Webmaster Center [...]