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Moz Finds HTTPS URLs 25% of Page-One Google Results Across 10,000 Queries

Moz Finds HTTPS URLs 25% of Page-One Google Results Across 10,000 Queries

Google made HTTPS a ranking signal in its algorithm about a year and a half ago. According to Moz, HTTPS URLs make up about 25% of page-1 results in the MozCast 10K. The 10K refers to a set of 10,000 queries across 20 industry categories. Moz Marketing Scientist Dr. Pete Meyers tweeted (via Search Engine Roundtable): HTTPS: URLs are currently …

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Study: 44% of Enterprises To Increase Security Spending, But Face Staffing Obstacles

Study: 44% of Enterprises To Increase Security Spending, But Face Staffing Obstacles

A new study is out from 451 Research finding that while many enterprises plan on upping their spending on information security, staffing obstacles remain a major issue. According to the research, 44% of enterprises will increase their budget in the next 90 days. Only 4% plan on decreasing their security budgets. “While security budgets are stable or increasing for almost …

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WordPress Gets Important Security Update

WordPress Gets Important Security Update

WordPress announced that WordPress 4.4.1 is now available. It’s described specifically as a security release for all previous versions, and they “strongly” encourage you to update your sites ASAP. The update is a response to WordPress versions 4.4 and earlier being affected by a cross-site scripting vulnerability that could allow sites to be compromised. In addition to the security fix, …

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Microsoft Is About To Stop Supporting Older Versions of Internet Explorer

Microsoft Is About To Stop Supporting Older Versions of Internet Explorer

Next week, Microsoft will stop supporting older versions of Internet Explorer including 8,9, and 10. The company announced that support will end on January 12. In a post on its website (via Neowin), Microsoft says: Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical supports and security updates. …

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Google Puts Up Over $1M to Show Its Dedication To Keeping Your Files Safe

Google Puts Up Over $1M to Show Its Dedication To Keeping Your Files Safe

Google knows it has a lot of responsibility keeping your files safe with Google Drive, and the company announced that it is dedicating $1 million to fund more grants for independent security research that helps further its ability to do so. “Keeping files safe in Google Drive is super important,” says Google Drive product manager Kevin Nelson in a post …

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Rackspace Gets Office 365 Security And Storage Features

Rackspace Gets Office 365 Security And Storage Features

Rackspace announced that it has added foiur new features to its “fanatical support for Office 365 to enhance storage, security, and cost savings. These include email archiving, Azure rights management, extra storage, and Exchange Online Kiosk. According to the company, Rackspace email archiving “Advances data protection by allowing customers to automatically archive Office 365 email data with unlimited retention and …

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Google Drive Boosts Security, Privacy Control For Businesses

Google Drive Boosts Security, Privacy Control For Businesses

Google says the number of paying organizations actively using Google Drive crossed a million earlier this year. The company is taking steps to improve security and privacy protection for Drive as well as Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Education. For one, Google Drive is getting enhanced eDiscovery for Google Apps Vault, which gives businesses more visibility and …

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Google Works To Eliminate Ad Injectors

Google Works To Eliminate Ad Injectors

Google announced that it’s making new efforts to eliminate injected ads from the advertising ecosystem including an automated filter in DoubleClick Bid Manger. This gets rid of impressions generated by ad injectors before bids are made. As the company explains, “Unwanted ad injectors are programs that insert new ads, or replace existing ones, in the pages users visit while browsing …

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Microsoft Buys Cloud Security Company Adallom

Microsoft Buys Cloud Security Company Adallom

Microsoft announced that it has acquired cloud security firm Adallom, which it describes as “an innovator” and “leader in helping customers protect their critical assets across cloud applications.” The deal was reported in the media a couple months ago, but the company only now made it official. “This acquisition is the latest example of Microsoft’s commitment to delivering innovative identity …

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Tim Cook’s Security Costs Apple $700,000 a Year

Tim Cook’s Security Costs Apple $700,000 a Year

How much is Tim Cook’s safety worth to Apple? Not quite a million bucks, according to a recent filing. Patently Apple unearthed Apple CEO Tim Cook’s security budget, which was buried inside its Schedule 14A report it recently filed with the Security and Exchange Commission. According to Apple, it spends just shy of $700,000 a year keeping Cook safe. Here’s …

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Hailee Steinfeld: ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Star Sings Again, This Time With Shawn Mendes

Hailee Steinfeld can act, and now everyone knows she can sing, too. Steinfeld first wowed fans with her pipes in Pitch Perfect 2. Two months ago she scored a record deal. Most recently, however, she exercises her vocal prowess in a duet with Shawn Mendes. The two performed a version of his song “Stitches.” Shawn Mendes and Hailee Steinfeld are …

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Facebook Is Giving Users A Security Check-Up

Facebook announced the launch of a new security feature called the Security Checkup. It lets users quickly evaluate their current security status and take appropriate action. Enhancing Security with a Quick Checkup from Facebook on Vimeo. Users will start seeing a reminder about the Security Checkup at the top of News Feed sometime over the next several weeks. Once you …

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Google Compute Engine Gets Customer-Supplied Encryption Keys

In Google Cloud Platform news, Google announced the addition of Customer-Supplied Encryption Keys for Google Compute Engine in beta. This will enable you to bring your own keys to encrypt compute resources, the company says. This is available in select countries, though Google doesn’t clearly specify which ones. You can access the keys through the API, Developers Console, or command-line …

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Ashley Madison Hack Has Been Cleaned Up, Says Company

Online dating site for married people Ashley Madison fell victim to a hack over the weekend, putting the personal information of over 37 million users in jeopardy. Now, the company says it has scrubbed all leaked info. “Using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), our team has now successfully removed the posts related to this incident as well as all …

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Email Spam Rate Lowest In Over A Decade

Email spam levels have reached a twelve-year low according to research from Symantec. The company released its June Intelligence Report looking at targeted attacks and phishing, vulnerabilities, malware, mobile and social media, and of course spam. “There is good news this month on the email-based front of the threat landscape,” it says. “According to our metrics, the overall spam rate …

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Twitter Gives Users New Account Dashboard

Twitter is rolling out a new dashboard to help users monitor and manage their accounts. it can show you things about your login activity, manage contacts, download your Twitter archive, etc. Above all it’s about privacy and account security. “From the beginning, Twitter has empowered people to share information with the world,” says product manager Mollie Vandor. “To put you …

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Is It Time For Flash To Go Away?

The writing has been on the wall for quite a while. Flash is dying a slow death, yet it continues to gasp for air. After some new vulnerabilities were discovered, many have been calling for the plug to be pulled. Do you think there should be an industry-wide halt in Flash use? Let us know what you think. Facebook’s Chief …

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MasterCard Is Using Facial Recognition for Online Purchases

Biometric security is on the rise, by all reports. One recently suggested that by 2019, over 770 million biometric authentication applications will be downloaded each year. Right now that number is about six million. Apple and other smartphone makers are pushing it forward with fingerprint ID systems. Will biometrics ever completely edge out the password? Maybe. Hopefully. The password is …

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Facebook Snags Its New Chief Security Officer from Yahoo

In April, Uber poached Facebook’s Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan. Now, Facebook has found his replacement. And they took him from Yahoo. Your new Facebook CSO is Alex Stamos. Stamos served as Yahoo’s Chief Information Security Officer. “The Internet has been an incredible force for connecting the world and giving individuals access to personal, educational and economic opportunities that are …

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Gmail Adds Security For Yahoo & Microsoft Accounts On Android

Last year, the Gmail Android app got a major update that finally enabled users to use third-party accounts, such as those from Yahoo and Microsoft. Now, the app has taken things a step further in the right direction by adding improved security for such accounts. On Wednesday, Google announced Oauth support for Yahoo and Microsoft accounts. Here’s what they had …

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Apple’s New iOS 9 Requires 6-Digit Passcodes

If you use TouchID to unlock your iPhone and iPad, the idea of typing in a passcode seems quite Stone Age – but plenty of iOS users still punch in a four-digit passcode every time they unlock their devices. That’s about the change. The new iOS set to debut this fall, iOS 9, is changing your passcode from four digits …

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Sandra Bullock To Testify Against Man Who Claimed To Love Her

Sandra Bullock will be heading to court next month to testify against a man who told her that he loved her. That man is Joshua Corbett, and he is accused of stalking and breaking into Sandra Bullock’s home last year. Jurors have already heard the taped 911 call that Sandra Bullock made from her home in June of last year. …

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Dating Site Hack Exposes Users’ Sexual Preferences, Account Data

Data breaches that reveal email address, usernames, passwords, and other account information are common and pretty serious in their own right – but when a hack reveals even more sensitive personal information it’s downright scary. According to a report from Channel4, a data breach has exposed nearly four million users of Adult FreindFinder, a dating website. you’ve probably seen its …

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Your Security Questions Aren’t Providing Much Security

Everyone’s favorite food is pizza, so when a site asks you to provide an answer for the security question What’s your favorite food, don’t say pizza. Providing answers to security questions is something we’re all very familiar with, as it’s been a tool for account security and recovery for a long time. But are these security questions even that secure? …

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Survey Looks At Security Attitudes And Behaviors Across Industries

Biscom shared some results of a new IT Survey finding that although regulated industries say security is a high concern, many are still using solutions that are inadequate for protecting their data. The survey compared attitudes and behaviors related to enterprise security across 13 industries including healthcare, financial services, retail, computer hardware, software, and manufacturing. Security concerns have only gotten …

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Florida Sheriff Charging Teen with ‘Hacking’: Change the Law If You’re Mad

Sheriff Chris Nocco of the Pasco County, Florida, Sheriff’s office isn’t all that concerned that his department is being mocked across the country. Last week, we told you about the department’s decision to charge a 14-year-old hacker mastermind with a felony after he infiltrated his school’s network and put hundreds of lives in danger. And what I mean by that …

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Sandra Bullock Stalker Knew Her Security Measures

Sandra Bullock had a scary conversation with a 911 dispatcher for 15 minutes while waiting for police to arrest the man who was stalking her. When Sandra Bullock called police from her home back in June, she was panicked. She was home alone. She had heard a noise outside. “I thought it was a wind blowing,” Bullock said. “Then I …

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Uber Steals Facebook’s Chief Security Officer

Uber’s just put a likely considerable amount of money where its mouth is, in regards to its promise to beef up the app’s safety and security. The on-demand ride company just poached Facebook’s Chief Security Officer. Joe Sullivan will move from Facebook to Uber and hold a similar title. This is the first time that Uber has ever had a …

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Obama Approves Sanctions on Cyber-Attackers

Today, President Obama signed an executive order that will allow the US government to go after those who perpetrate cyber attacks with sanctions “Cyber intrusions and attacks  – many of them originating overseas  – are targeting our businesses, stealing trade secrets, and costing American jobs,” says President Obama. “In response to these cyber threats, our government is using every tool …

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