TAG: Google

The strange state of Google Short Links

You might remember the recent sunsetting of Google’s URL shortener.  This was something I took notice of because it meant that the url.cwl.cc service (based on their link shortener) was going to be shut down. Right? To be fair, I took notice, but also didn’t do much at the time. March 30, 2019, came and went and I could still use the service. 2020 arrived, and the service was still functioning. Now, more than a year and a half past the end, I can still create short links. This is perhaps the biggest oddity I have ever seen from Google.

Google's Link Shortener

How best to store your passwords securely and safely in an offline database

“Password Day” by Worlds Direction is licensed under CC0 1.0 

Passwords aren’t going anywhere. Even though we’ve seen a rise in a new type of authentication including two-factor and even Yubico-style log in options; passwords still seem to persist in our lives. If you’re online and use passwords (I know you do), you want to be as sure as possible when storing them. This means, no more writing passwords on paper or post-it notes – it just isn’t safe.

HTTPS, Again – Should We Be Screaming About This?

Google's Site SSL Icon

This whole HTTPS and Google’s push to encrypt (or weaponize depending on your perspective) is back on people’s lips again. I’m a little late to the party of course, since I have been out of the country so many times in the last three months that blogging has been a distant thought. With all of this talk, I’m left to wonder if the uproar has any merit. You’ll remember, I’ve spoken about this before; actively discussing Dave Winer’s commonly cited reason why sites don’t need to move to SSL.

WordPress: Tell Search Engines Not to Index Archives

Google Search Inculuding Archives

If you run a WordPress [1], and you to search Google‘s index using the site parameter – namely, site:%yourdomain% – you’ll probably find that Google has also indexed all of the archives, categories, and tags of your site. For many, the first impulse is to delete this from Google somehow or maybe use robots.txt, or some other method. But, I’ve found the solution is easier, and I’ll show you how to do it (without a plugin).

Is Google Plus Dead?

Twitter Search Google App

Like Google Reader, iGoogle, Wave and Buzz before it, the days of the social network Google Plus may be numbered. The writing appears to be on the wall. With Twitter’s announcement on May 19 that Google‘s app would include tweets in searches, Google is making massive changes. While Google may want to spic it differently, signs are pointing to the end of the social network.

The Troubling Trend Toward Secure HTTP

Mozilla Security Blog Logo

In a recent blog post, Mozilla (makers of the popular Firefox browser) plan to set a date by which non-encrypted [1] websites would see access to browser features gradually removed. While the details aren’t yet clear as to the timeframe, or exactly what features will be limited; but it’s a definite message that powerful players are pushing encryption on everyone. This trend of “encrypt everything” is becoming very troubling.

Making Sense Of Google’s HTTPS Ranking Signal, And What Matters

Does it make sense to move your blog to https? If you’re on the fence about this, you might be very confused. There seems to be a real war of words going on about this right now. Clearly, Google is trying to get publishers to move to the encrypted standard as evidenced by their recent blog post. But some are actually saying this move is about public relations, and not a ranking signal. As you might guess, I’ve been very interested in this topic given the full switch this blog has made. As someone who has blogged for a while and site owner, I can help you make sense of this.

If You Take Sides On Copyright, Don’t Take Kurt Sutter’s

Kurt Sutter
With all the attention swirling around the recent leak of The Expendables 3, I’m reminded of a rather prescient article from Kurt Sutter – creator and showrunner for Sons of Anarchy. I consider him eloquent, interesting, entertaining, and somewhat crazy. But he’s also as wrong as, well, everything Gene Simmons says. The early August article for Variety went after Google and its apparent love of piracy. In this piece, he’s attacking Google for “systematically destroying [our] artistic future”. Yes, Sutter is attacking a search index for destroying the future of his children, and their children too. And possibly, Armageddon. Seriously?