With the number of websites, blogs and portals growing every day, there is an overwhelming amount of news everyday, talking about data theft and websites that have been invaded by hackers and crackers. The latest news of this kind was the invasion of the popular blog Gawker Media, which resulted in the exposure of entire database of Gawker Media’s web properties.
Sensitive information has been exposed, including staff conversations, their private passwords used within the network and passwords also used by people who have registered to comment.
Thinking of a way to make web-browsing safer for users, Google added a new notification to its search system that alerts users about sites that may have been hacked or modified by unauthorized users.
How the notification works
Sites that possibly have been hacked or had its contents changed by unauthorized persons will show the message "This Site May Be Compromised" (This site may have been compromised), which can be seen just below the title displayed in Google search.
Clicking on top of that message, the user is redirected to security page of Google, more precisely to an article in the Help Center that explains more about the notice.
Meanwhile, If user choose to click on results, he’ll be redirected to the desired page, as expected. In some cases, a small warning is displayed, which will highlight the risk of continuing to the user.
Advising Webmaster & Developers
The new security mechanism from the search engine giant Google brings a lot of benefits to the website owners and developers. According to the Google, they are doing their best to contact the site’s webmaster, that were detected as suspicious or compromised via their Webmaster Tools account or any other contact email addresses which can be find on the webpage.
Google also provided a link to help the inexperienced webmasters who does not know how to proceed in case of cyber-attacks. Instructions can be accessed through the Help Center or through this link.
Still a lot of work to do
There are still a lot of things which Google has to work on, shore up and improve. The new Google tracking/notification service is not yet 100% operational, but the company is working as quickly as possible to make the new service fully functional, providing more security for users and site owners.
New editor for graphics app makes life easier for Google users.
To create spreadsheets in Google Spreadsheets is as easy as on a similar application installed on your computer. The biggest problem for Google docs online service was the creation of graphics. Many users complained about the lack of practicality of the tool for the accomplishment of this relatively simple task.
Taking care of users, Google has recently launched a brand new chart editor in their Google Spreadsheet application, along with some new chart types to choose from.
The most noteworthy and impressive thing included into the new chart editor are that it now automatically recommends chart types based on the data, matches data labels and headers, and even automatically selects colors for each data set.
It also gives you more control over imagery with having advanced visualizations and a full size preview pane so you can see what the end result will look like.
Visual Improvements and Tooling
The look of Google Spreadsheets has also undergone some changes, gaining a much more professional look and feel. According to the software engineer Hillel Maoz, “An updated color palette and new customization options" were also included.
Moreover, Google has also added a series of new chart types that consists of annotated time-lines, organizational charts, gauges, motion charts, and more.
How to get the new features?
According to Google, users can use the new graphics on old documents, but for this they need to perform a manual update. The steps required to make this update can be seen in the video below..
Facebook has recently rolled out another new feature that will allow its users to link their Facebook profile with their Orkut profile, this means you can Share your status updates, links, photos, notes, events, and groups with your friends on Orkut, directly from Facebook.
At present this option is only available for users in India and Brazil but Facebook have planned to gradually roll-out the new feature and it will be available to everyone in the coming weeks.
Although you can not synchronize some of your information between Facebook and Orkut but there is another function that returned to Mark Zuckerberg’s social network recently. When trying to locate your friends, you’ll find that there is an option for Orkut too.
To access this feature, you need to login your facebook account and have to click on “Find Friends”, after that you will be taken to a new page where you will find various option/services to find your friends. Once you authorize the Find Orkut friends in Facebook, you will be able to find all you your orkut friends who also have Facebook profile can send them an add request.
Connect Facebook with Orkut
Follow the steps below to “Link your Facebook profile with Orkut”.
1. Log into your Facebook Account
2. Once you are logged in, go to this link http://www.facebook.com/feed/export/orkut/ and click the green colored button which says Link your profile with orkut as show in the first image.
3. After that you will be re-directed to Google’s Login Page, where you would be asked to login your orkut account with your user id and password. After login, you will be again re-directed to a new page where you will need to press the grant access button to authorize the connection between your Facebook profile and Orkut.
4. After granting access, you will see a confirmation message with few options to select what should be shared both on Orkut and Facebook.
5. Once you have configured and saved all the settings, you would be shown a success message on your facebook profile with a small green check mark which indicates that your facebook profile is “Linked to Orkut”.
Strategy to "steal" users
Synchronizing Facebook-Orkut profile, and finding friends who have their profiles on both the social networking sites is an aggressive strategy from facebook to capture new users in Brazil and India – where Orkut has more users then facebook.
Over 50% of Google’s social network users are Indian and Brazilians, and this application tries to turnover this great portion to Facebook.
China launches Map World, a satellite mapping service like Google Earth.
China’s State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping has recently launched their long-anticipated online alternative mapping service, "Map World”. Its homepage features an expansive view of the Great Wall of China, capped by clouds in the shape of the continents. If you are curious to know how the site would look like, you can access it here, although it’s in Chinese, but the controls are intuitive enough.
After the recent cloning of Apple IPhone, China decided to copy the online mapping service offered by Google. This is the outcome of conflicts that occur between Google and China since last year, when a serious hacking attack originating from China prompted Google to shut down the search service in the country.
In response to Google’s decision, China has also blocked access to various services offered by Google and now, it seems, launching its own version mapping service similar to Google Earth may further complicate relations with the Internet giant.
The "Map World" offers high-resolution images of Central Beijing, which was taken on 1st October 2009, during the National Day Parade of China.
Map World only provides high-altitude images outside China, with the other side of the Chinese-North Korean border a stark white blank once a certain resolution is passed. Other countries also turn up a blank page at higher resolution.
Taiwan, considered a traitor by China has only low resolution images.