Google Will Soon Shame All Websites That Are Unencrypted

Google Will Soon Shame All Websites That Are Unencrypted

Source: http://motherboard.vice.com/  

Google wants everything on the web to be travelling over a secure channel. That’s why in the future your Chrome browser will flag unencrypted websites as insecure, displaying a red “x” over a padlock in the URL bar.

With this upcoming change in Chrome, Google makes it clear that the web of the future should all be encrypted, and all sites should be served over HTTPS, which is essentially a secure layer on top of the usual HTTP web protocol. Several companies and organizations have been pushing for more encrypted sites as part of a campaign to “Encrypt All The Things,” which consists of promoting more websites to abandon the traditional, less secure HTTP protocol and adopt HTTPS.

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Calls for transparency as Russian ‘Methbot’ found robbing publishers & advertisers of millions daily

Calls for transparency as Russian ‘Methbot’ found robbing publishers & advertisers of millions daily

By Ginny Marvin -Martechtoday.com 

White Ops released its findings on the giant scam and calls for greater transparency and cooperation between publishers and advertisers to better address fraud.

With all the talk (and some action) of making the programmatic ecosystem more trustworthy and more secure, the industry got a major wake-up call Tuesday morning with the release of a report by ad fraud detection service White Ops that detailed a scheme by Russian hackers to steal an estimated $3 to $5 million every day or over a billion a year from publishers and advertisers.

Why is this such a big deal? Because advertisers are paying for fake ad views through programmatic ad buys in which they don’t even know where their ads are showing up. Publishers are losing out on millions in ad revenue. Ultimately, we all lose out when that ad revenue used to fund our demand for premium content doesn’t reach the publications we’re reading (typically for free).

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Worries over brand safety create anxiety about programmatic buying

Worries over brand safety create anxiety about programmatic buying

Rise of 'Fake News' Gives Brands a Shiver

Growing awareness of fake news and “alt-right” sites have increased  brands’ anxiety about where their ads appear. This is especially true of advertisers buying programmatically. - See more at: https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Rise-of-Fake-News-Gives-Brands-Shiver/1014803?ecid=NL1009#sthash.jdudneZ1.dpuf,

Mike Baker, CEO of DataXu, a programmatic buying platform, said there has been an uptick in clients voicing their concerns about their ads appearing on such sites or next to content where fake news or racist language appears. “The concern that we’ve seen is around what’s perceived as hate speech,” Baker said.

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Malls should just name their public Wi-Fi networks "Danger" and be done with it.

Evan Robertson won his school science fair this year by proving just how thoughtless people can be on public Wi-Fi networks.

Evan, now 11, programmed fake Wi-Fi portals and took them to food courts shopping centers across the Austin, Texas, area and waited to see how many agreed to some pretty outrageous conditions. For the love of free internet access, they'd have to give their OK for the Wi-Fi owner to do things like "reading and responding to your emails, monitoring of input and/or output, and 'bricking' of your device."

More than half of the shoppers shown these terms accepted them.

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Snowden Designs iPhone Case to Detect Snooping

Snowden Designs iPhone Case to Detect Snooping

Source: PCMag

When the government listens to most of our phone conversations, all it learns is how frustrated we are at the cable company or how much bread our spouse asked us to pick up at the grocery store. But for the few people who discuss deep, dark secrets over the phone, there's now an Edward Snowden-designed iPhone case that can detect eavesdropping signals sent to the phone's internal antennas.

It's called an "introspection engine," and it can sniff out the government-surveillance signals Snowden is famous for revealing.

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4 Secrets to Writing a No-Fail LinkedIn Headline

4 Secrets to Writing a No-Fail LinkedIn Headline

 

Written by Aja Frost | @

When it comes to icebreakers, “describe yourself in three words” is by far one of the toughest. You’re a complex person, with unique ambitions, experiences, preferences, and traits -- how are you possibly supposed to distill yourself down to three mere words?

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Should You Fear Artificial Intelligence?

Should You Fear Artificial Intelligence?

By: Shelly Palmer

Opining about the future of AI at the recent Brilliant Minds event at Symposium Stockholm, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt rejected warnings fromElon Musk and Stephen Hawking about the dangers of AI, saying, “In the case of Stephen Hawking, although a brilliant man, he’s not a computer scientist. Elon is also a brilliant man, though he too is a physicist, not a computer scientist.”

This absurd dismissal of Musk and Hawking was in response to an absurd question about “the possibility of an artificial superintelligence trying to destroy mankind in the near future.” Schmidt went on to say, “It’s a movie. The state of the earth currently does not support any of these scenarios.”

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Microsoft Drops $26.2 Billion on LinkedIn

Microsoft Drops $26.2 Billion on LinkedIn

Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion and WhatsApp for $19 billion, while Google "only" spent $1.65 billion on YouTube, and Yahoo dropped $1.1 billion on Tumblr. Microsoft just put all those social media acquisitions to shame, announcing it will acquire business social network LinkedIn for $26.2 billion to take definitive control of how we all curate our online professional lives.

Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share, with LinkedIn retaining its brand and CEO Jeff Weiner, who will now report to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. This isn't Microsoft's first acquisition in the enterprise social networking space; the company spent $1.2 billion on enterprise collaboration software Yammer Free at Yammer in 2012.

The tech giant buys LinkedIn at one of the company's weakest moments since LinkedIn's initial public offering (IPO) in 2011; a few months back the company's stock price plunged more 50 percent, but as this acquisition shows, it wasn't time to write off LinkedIn just yet.

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Media Security Newsflash

Media Security Newsflash

·       Website Domain Security

eSocial Reports research revealed that even though it’s very difficult to protect yourself against a serious professional hacker who wants to bring your establishment down, it was shocking to know that 80% or more of media houses do not have SSL certificate on their website.

What was even more revealing is the fact that travel companies, hoteliers, tour operators, lawyers, entertainers, governmental agencies and many other web based companies are not securing their content and those of their clients with SSL Certificate.

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Non-Human Traffic, Ad Fraud and Viewability

Non-Human Traffic, Ad Fraud and Viewability

By - Shelly Palmer

Just to be clear: 100 percent of all online traffic is non-human traffic. Humans use specialized tools called “computers” to browse the Internet. Computers are not humans.

Here’s How It Actually Works

A computer running browser software (the “client”) sends a request for information to a computer running server software (the “server”). The computer running the server software answers the request.

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18 January 2016
By - Shelly Palmer Just to be clear: 100 percent of all online traffic is non-human traffic. Humans use specialized tools called “computers” to browse the Internet. Computers are not humans. Here’s Ho....
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17 June 2016
By: Shelly Palmer Opining about the future of AI at the recent Brilliant Minds event at Symposium Stockholm, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt rejected warnings fromElon Musk and Stephe....
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18 July 2016
  Written by Aja Frost | @ajavuu When it comes to icebreakers, “describe yourself in three words” is by far one of the toughest. You’re a complex person, with unique ambitions, experien....
Theo Chambers
13 June 2016
Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion and WhatsApp for $19 billion, while Google "only" spent $1.65 billion on YouTube, and Yahoo dropped $1.1 billion on Tumblr. Micro....
Theo Chambers
10 May 2016
·       Website Domain Security eSocial Reports research revealed that even though it’s very difficult to protect yourself against a serious professional hacker who wants....
Theo Chambers
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Evan Robertson won his school science fair this year by proving just how thoughtless people can be on public Wi-Fi networks. Evan, now 11, programmed fake Wi-Fi portals and took them to foo....
Theo Chambers
11 December 2016
Rise of 'Fake News' Gives Brands a Shiver Growing awareness of fake news and “alt-right” sites have increased  brands’ anxiety about where their ads appear. This is especially true of advertiser....
Theo Chambers
22 December 2016
By Ginny Marvin -Martechtoday.com  White Ops released its findings on the giant scam and calls for greater transparency and cooperation between publishers and advertisers to better add....
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29 January 2017
Source: http://motherboard.vice.com/   Google wants everything on the web to be travelling over a secure channel. That’s why in the future your Chrome browser will flag unencrypted websites....