How secure are public wifi networks really?

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It is midday on a Tuesday and I am sat sipping a latte in my work clothes, with my MacBook on the table in front of me. I’m working from a coffee shop located in the centre of Leeds, which is surrounded by busy offices filled with solicitors, bankers, ecommerce companies and public sector organisations. …

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What happens to your organic search performance when you get hacked

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On October 21st (2016) we witnessed one of the largest online DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks ever. Hackers targeted Dyn, a US-based company that hosts domain name systems. This in turn affected a large number of popular websites and services, including Spotify, Twitter, Survey Monkey, Netflix, and Eve Online. It’s thought that hackers were …

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Chrome begins to warn users if sites are insecure. So, now what?

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Your connection to this site is not secure, is perhaps one of the scariest messages a normal internet user can see right before they close their tab and move on. What does this mean to an online business? Lost client, customer or user. For years sites have been serving their non-sensitive content over open protocols but in the recent years this has …

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Facebook: Please fix this security loophole before it’s too late

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A few months ago, I discovered a security loophole in Facebook that allows hackers to decrypt and sniff out Facebook user IDs using one of Facebook’s APIs in bulk – therefore allowing them to gather millions of users’ personal data (name, telephone number, location, images, and more). This post is an attempt to catch Facebook’s attention to get this issue …

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How to quickly verify Googlebot in your server log files

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Typically, as part of a technical SEO audit or troubleshooting session, it is extremely important to analyse server logs.  These logs generally contain all requests made to the web server and contain important information such as: Host name Date and Time of access URL they have accessed User Agent Method used HTTP status code Below is an example of a …

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Leeds – Google’s new UK HQ location

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According to leaked insider information, Google is now planning to move it’s UK Headquarters from London to Leeds. Leeds is a rapidly growing city. It is the third largest city in the UK, which has had a strong technology presence for many years; it is often referred to as the ‘digital hub’ of the north, and with good reason.

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