Tag: yahoo

Bing Follows Google With Its Own “Mobile-Friendly” Ranking Algorithm Change

Internet, Mobile, social media
There’s no “mobilegeddon” taking place on Bing, but Microsoft did announce today that it’s taking steps to improve the search rankings for mobile-friendly websites. The changes follow a similar move by Google which last month rolled out a change to its ranking algorithm which penalized sites that aren’t easily usable from mobile devices. The update was significant enough that some began referring to the shift as the “mobilepocalyse” or “mobilegeddon,” given the impact it would have on mobile search results. The mobile-friendly update also comes at a time when the web search business finds itself at a crossroads. More users are accessing content in native mobile apps, something that Facebook in particular has capitalized on. Google also confirmed this month something that many have s

Yahoo’s Search Share Dips For First Time Since Firefox Deal Began

Business, Mobile, social media
  Danny Sullivan discussed the February search share stats on Search Engine Land. Yahoo dipped after posting gains in the previous two months. The dip wasn’t that big but the company had some good momentum going over the previous two months. The data from StatCounter shows: Google: 78.7% (+0.1%) Yahoo: 10.1% (-0.1%) Bing: 9.8% (+0.1%) From the article: Yahoo’s share of search in the United States has dropped for the first time since it signed a deal to be the default search engine in Firefox. The drop follows two months of impressive gains. The loss suggests that a “high water mark” has been reached for gains the deal can produce for Yahoo and that “switchback” by Google users may now slowly cause Yahoo to give back share. A Small Drop For Yahoo In the mi

John Levine: Yahoo’s New DMARC Policy breaks Every Mailing List across the globe

Cyber Security, Internet, Mobile, social media
Yahoo! The one who enabled the HTTPS connections by default from the beginning of this year, the one who encrypts traffic moving between its data centers from 31st March, now has been accused of harming every Mailing List across the world. Experts from the Internet Engineering Council John R. Levine, specialized in email infrastructure and spam filtering claimed this in the post titled “Yahoo breaks every mailing list in the world including the IETF's.” on Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Yahoo has established a new rule to automatically exclude Yahoo users from the mailing list, because Mailing List server does not comply with DMARC requirements and they strongly modifies each email. He talks about an “emerging e-mail security scheme” known as Domain-based Message Authenticatio

Centre proposes ban on Gmail, Yahoo and Facebook sites in India government offices

Business, Governance, social media
The Centre on Wednesday informed the Delhi High Court that it has proposed a national email policy for official communication under which five million new IDs would be created to carry out the work, without depending on foreign mail services like Gmail or Yahoo. Popular mail services and social networking sites like Gmail, Yahoo and Facebook will not be used for official communication of government employees to ensure secure access and usage of data, it submitted, adding that the access to social networking will be banned in government offices. Earlier, a division bench of Acting Chief Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Sidharth Mridul had asked the Centre to form an email policy for the government officials in consonance with the Public Records Act to bar transfer of data to a server located...

Yahoo Email Account Passwords Stolen

Cyber Security
Yahoo has admitted that usernames and passwords of its email customers have been stolen and used to access accounts - but has refused to reveal how many. Yahoo is the second-largest email service worldwide, after Google's Gmail, according to the research firm comScore. There are 273 million Yahoo mail accounts worldwide, including 81 million in the U.S. Usernames and passwords of its email customers have been stolen and used to access accounts in a 'coordinated attack' Users affected have been emailed or sent an SMS Yahoo is the second-largest email service worldwide, after Google's Gmail Company 'working with federal law enforcement' on the issue Usernames and passwords of some of Yahoo's email customers have been stolen and used to gather personal information about people those...

Everything you need to know about Yahoo’s security breach

Cyber Security
Over the weekend, news broke that tech giant Yahoo was serving advertisements that could allow hackers to gain control over users' computers. That's triggered concerns across the Internet about who's at risk, how users can tell if they've been affected and what people can do about it.  Here's an explanation of what happned at Yahoo and how it might affect certain users. Wait, Yahoo was serving serving up malware? Yes. The security firm Fox-IT was the first to report the problem on Friday. Basically, users visiting yahoo.com were served ads from ads.yahoo.com. That part is normal. But some of those "advertisements" weren't actually ads. They were malicious software that redirected visitors to a Web site that attempted to take over their computers. If successful, the malicious software, kn

AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo Propose Principles on Reforming Government Surveillance

Governance
A coalition of Technology companies released their plan for reforming how the government conducts surveillance.  See below for the full press release. WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo joined together to propose principles for reforming government surveillance laws and practices. The companies also urged the President and the United States Congress to take the lead on reform with an open letter that reads: Dear Mr. President and Members of Congress, We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer's revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide. The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and awa

2 million Facebook, Gmail and Twitter passwords stolen in massive hack

Cyber Security
Hackers have stolen usernames and passwords for nearly two million accounts at Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and others, according to a report released this week. The massive data breach was a result of keylogging software maliciously installed on an untold number of computers around the world, researchers at cybersecurity firm Trustwave said. The virus was capturing log-in credentials for key websites over the past month and sending those usernames and passwords to a server controlled by the hackers. On Nov. 24, Trustwave researchers tracked that server, located in the Netherlands. They discovered compromised credentials for more than 93,000 websites, including: 318,000 Facebook (FB, Fortune 500) accounts 70,000 Gmail, Google+ and YouTube accounts 60,000 Yahoo (YHOO, Fortune 500) ...

Irrelevancy Leads to Failure – Worry for Yahoo, Microsoft, HP, Sears, etc.

Business
The web lit up yesterday with people sharing a Fortune quote from Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, “We are literally moving the company from BlackBerrys to smartphones.” Why was this a big deal?  Because, in these few words, Ms. Mayer pointed out that Research In Motion is no longer relevant.  The company may have created the smartphone market, but now its products are so irrelevant that it isn’t even considered a market participant.  more