Iím sure weíve all been reading about the Heartbleed bug this week, and I detect some complacency, and some confusion.
I can understand the general public being confused by this bug, but itís potentially serious for the safety and security of usersí details.
I doubt that anybody actually knows how many sites are compromised, but now that itís commonly known, itís likely the thieves will be working hard to extract as much data as possible before the loopholes are closed.
Changing your password will be required to ensure security, but only if the site has updated its security.
If you need to check if a site is vulnerable thereís a useful checking tool online where you can enter the domain of the site you wish to use to check for Heartbleed bug vulnerability.
Hereís the link: https://lastpass.com/heartbleed/
Obviously, with a major bug such as Heartbleed itís wise for the sites to be updated as soon as possible. Once theyíve been updated, itís recommended you change your passwords.
Hereís more on the Heartbleed bug.
Oh, and on a different topic, those of you that use our free tools may not have noticed that we released a few more tools in the last few days.
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Welcome to this WebmasterWorld Weekly Round-up.
The previous WebmasterWorld Weekly is here.
This news about the Heatbleed Bug broke this week, and it's said to be one of the most significant security problems the Internet has faced. Join our thread on the topic and find out what you can do to protect yourself, and your sites. "New Vulnerability in OpenSSL Cryptographic Software: Heartbleed Bug"
For those of you that use schema.org markup, here's news of Google's latest support. "Google Now Supports Schema.org Markup For Phone Numbers, And Gives Recommendations For Googlebot Crawling and Indexing of The Data"
Here's WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google AdSense. "WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google AdSense."
Twitter continues to make changes to it's profile pages, and this one is the most comprehensive, or advances so far. "Twitter Introduces New Profile Page Setup To Roll Out Soon"
The "Not Provided" march continues, and not unexpectedly, "Google Brings "Not Provided" to AdWords"
Are you using remarketing? Google has taken steps, it says, to make remarketing simpler. Join our thread on the topic, "Google Announces Smart Lists For Analytics To "Simplify Remarketing"
With General support for Windows XP ending this week, Microsoft's latest update to Windows 8.1 is a significant one, and will bring many changes and improvements to the UI which I believe ought to have been there in the first place. Users have to accept this update to continue to receive Windows 8.1 updates. "Windows 8.1 Update, The Start Screen, Desktop and Other Enhancements Roll Out April 8"
The IAB published its report this week and it shows that online advertising continues to grow, and mobile advertising grows significantly. "Report: Net Advertising Rises To $42.8 Billion in 2013, With Mobile Ads Up 110 pct"
It looks as if Facebook is finally getting to grips with news feed spam with its announcement this week. "Facebook Makes Changes To News Feed To Combat Spam"
Twitter's going even more real time, "Twitter Rolls Out More Real Time Feedback Of Tweets"
Yandex last month rolled out its link-free ranking in the Moscow region. Some ask if Google could employ this step. "Yandex Introduces Link-Free Ranking for Commercial Queries in Moscow Region"
Facebook's latest Milestone was announced this week with 100 Million users in India. This makes it the second largest region behind the US. "Facebook Passes 100 Million Active Users In India"
In the U.S. The F.T.C. has spelled out quite clearly how is sees user privacy issues relating to Facebook's acqusition of WhatsApp. "F.T.C. Wants Facebook and WhatsApp To Be Clear Over User Privacy"
Did you feel you missed out on Google Glass? If you're in the U.S., fear not, you can now get in a new line. "Google Glass Being Rolled Out To More U.S. Explorers"
More news on the Heartbleed Bug surprised me, considering the serious nature of the problem. "Hearbleed Bug: Only 30,000 of 500,000 SSL Certificates Reissued To Date"
Today's Matt Cutts video is an older one, but only recently published.
"How does Googlebot handle content loaded via AJAX?"
Have a terrific week, until next time...
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