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Traffic To News Sites Down After Being Forced Out Of Google News in Spain by @mattsouthern

If you’ve ever wondered how important Google News is when it comes to driving traffic, I’d like to draw your attention to what’s going on in Spain right now. Google was recently forced to drop Spanish news websites from its news index after the country passed legislation allowing newspapers to charge if even a snippet of their content were to appear for free within Google News. Gigaom reports that external traffic to those Spanish news websites has since fallen by 10 to 15 percent compared to a week before the legislation was passed. While external traffic dropped, overall traffic was […]

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Google Blocks Thousands Of WordPress Sites Following Malware Attack by @mattsouthern

Security firm Sucuri reports that Google has blacklisted over 11,000 malware-infected WordPress domains, and over 100,000 sites in total have been affected by a new malware campaign from SoakSoak.ru. By using a vulnerability found in the WordPress plugin RevSlider, SoakSoak modifies a file in a site’s WordPress installation and loads Javascript malware. RevSlider is often used in WordPress themes, so many site owners may not even know they’re using the plugin, let alone that they need to update it to prevent a malware attack. Moreover, it’s not a plugin that’s easily updated, as Sucuri’s Daniel Cid points out: “The biggest […]

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Google Is Experimenting With Special Ranking For Mobile-Friendly Sites

Google already penalizes sites that provide a bad experience to mobile searchers. Now the company has confirmed that it’s testing with what seems like a boost for those providing a great experience. Google said today that it is experimenting with giving sites that have earned its…



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In A Big Shift, Google’s Latest Ad Test Drives Users To Google Shopping, Not Advertisers’ Sites

Google is experimenting with a new format for Google Shopping ads, this time on brand searches. The example shown above showcases products from jeweler David Yurman by category — rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings — on a search for the brand. This screen shot was sent to Search…



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Facebook Considering Hosting Linked Content Rather Than Directing Users To Other Sites by @mattsouthern

The New York Times has brought to light the fact that Facebook is looking at options for hosting linked content on its own site, and serving ads on that content, rather than linking out and redirecting users to other sites. This change, if it were to happen, would be specific to mobile. That means Facebook would be causing website owners to lose traffic to the page being hosted on Facebook, as well as any potential for the user to click through the site and explore content on other pages. In addition, website owners could also potentially lose revenue as a result […]

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Google Updates Search Algorithm To Weed Out “Notorious” Piracy Sites by @mattsouthern

Today Google released an updated version of their report on How Google Fights Piracy, which details the ways the company fends off piracy across its services. The updated version expands on the 2013 edition with updated numbers and new developments that have occurred within Google over the past year. Fighting Piracy With New Ad Formats Google has been testing new ad formats in its search results on queries related to movies and music. The idea is to direct searchers to sources where they can purchase media legitimately. For searches that contain words like “download”, “free”, and “watch”, which Google claims […]

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Dropbox Denies 7M Password Leak, Says Stolen Logins Are From Other Sites

On Monday, a Reddit thread surfaced with links to Pastebin files containing a slew of Dropbox logins. And, said the hacker, there’s plenty more where that came from—roughly 7 million compromised accounts in total. 

The initial leaks came to hundreds of unencrypted Dropbox usernames and passwords, all available in plain text. The anonymous perpetrator claimed this was just a taste of the voluminous hack and promised to leak more in exchange for bitcoin “donations.” The top of one of the Pastebin files reads:  

6,937,081 DROPBOX ACCOUNTS HACKED

PHOTOS – VIDEOS – OTHER FILES

MORE BITCOIN = MORE ACCOUNTS PUBLISHED ON PASTEBIN

As more BTC is donated , More pastebin pastes will appear

At this time, the source of the data is unknown. 

See also: Heartbleed Defense: The 3-Step Password Strategy Everyone Should Use

Although 7 million accounts only comes to about 3% of the 220 million that Dropbox services, that’s no consolation for the folks whose logins have been compromised. 

Just after contending with a Selective Sync glitch that errantly deleted user files, Dropbox finds itself at the center of another data integrity issue. But this time, the company says, it’s not to blame. In a statement to The Next Web, the cloud storage provider flat-out denied that it was hacked. Instead, it pointed the finger at third-party services:

Dropbox has not been hacked. These usernames and passwords were unfortunately stolen from other services and used in attempts to log in to Dropbox accounts. We’d previously detected these attacks and the vast majority of the passwords posted have been expired for some time now. All other remaining passwords have been expired as well.

The Reddit community set about checking if the logins were legitimate, and some members claimed that, while several were expired, some others still appeared to be valid as of late Monday night. 

How To Safeguard Yourself

Some Dropbox users may notice a prompt or message from the company, urging them to change their passwords or turn on two-factor authentication, a secondary measure that requires entering a six-digit security code in addition to login credentials. 

But whether you see the warning or not, you would still be wise to take action. It’s better to be safe than sorry. 

Log into your Dropbox account and change your password. (For tips on choosing good ones, click here.) On the same page, you can switch on two-step verification. For more information about this extra step, check out Dropbox’s description here

Once you’ve secured your Dropbox account, take one more step and think about anywhere else you may have used the same username and password combo. You’ll want to change those too—and then vow never to use the same credentials in multiple places again. Once logins are out in the open, other parties can try them at various sites, from Facebook and Gmail to the major online banking sites. Automated bots would make very easy work of this. 

As for this breach, ReadWrite has contacted Dropbox for more information, and will update this post if the company responds. 

Update: Dropbox posted a message on its blog stating that the logins were “stolen from unrelated services.” Unlike Snapchat, whose data breach stemmed from other services using its APIs to connect with it, Dropbox chalks this one up to a much more mundane reason: people using the same password on different services. 

The company says the attackers just kept trying the logins at various sites, including its own: 

Recent news articles claiming that Dropbox was hacked aren’t true. Your stuff is safe. The usernames and passwords referenced in these articles were stolen from unrelated services, not Dropbox. Attackers then used these stolen credentials to try to log in to sites across the internet, including Dropbox. We have measures in place to detect suspicious login activity and we automatically reset passwords when it happens.

Attacks like these are one of the reasons why we strongly encourage users not to reuse passwords across services. For an added layer of security, we always recommend enabling 2 step verification on your account.

Update: 10/14/2014 12:30am PT

A subsequent list of usernames and passwords has been posted online. We’ve checked and these are not associated with Dropbox accounts.

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Facebook & YouTube Are Top Sites With Content Removed From Google Under “Right To Be Forgotten”

Google is now sharing details about Right To Be Forgotten removals in a new section of its pre-existing Google Transparency Report area. The latest numbers show that Facebook, ProfileEngine.com and Google’s own YouTube are the top three sites to have content taken down through the new…



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Should You Copy A Top Site’s SEO? – Search Engine Land

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It may employ more SEO professionals than any other company; if not, it is right up at the top. Amazon incorporates SEO into everything, both manually and programmatically. As one of the most trafficked sites — a website with hundreds of millions of

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Should You Copy A Top Site’s SEO?

Big sites like Amazon.com can teach us a lot about SEO…or can they? Contributor Tom Schmitz gives us the lowdown.

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