Archive | March 2013

Despite its efforts to fix vulnerabilities, Yahoo’s Mail users continue reporting hacking incidents

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Yahoo Mail users have been seeing their accounts broken into for months. While Yahoo says it has plugged at least two separate security holes leading to accounts getting hijacked, it appears the problem persists.

It’s unclear how long these attacks have been going on for, though we did first report Yahoo Mail users were seeing their accounts compromised back in early January. We’re now in March, and it appears that Yahoo still has a big problem on its hands.

Not only are we still getting reports from individual Yahoo users about their accounts getting hacked, but we are seeing spikes in traffic from Google to our previous stories. We believe these clicks represent a rise in users realizing their inboxes have been hijacked after hackers send out a bunch of emails from already compromised accounts.

Attacks typically consist of Yahoo users receiving an email from a friend or colleague (and sometimes a completely unknown party) containing a link that if clicked on, results in the account being hijacked. Some say their hijacked accounts send emails to select individuals, others report they get sent to all their contacts, and one even noted that they went out to “anyone I had ever received and/or sent a message to.”

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Google’s Cutts: We Don’t Ban Sites Critical Of Google, But Here Is Why We Do Penalize Sites…

In the latest video from Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, he addresses Google’s standards for manually removing spam from the Google index.

Matt Cutts first said and repeated it a couple times within the video that Google will not penalize or ban a site that is being critical of Google. Matt said:

“One thing that we don’t do it is just say or someone has been critical of Google, therefore take action. We’re big believers in the Voltaire saying of I might not agree with what you say but I’ll defend to death your ability to say it. So just because you’re critical of Google that’s not the sort of thing where we’re gonna mark your site as spam.”

Outside of that, Matt outlines how Google makes sure they are consistent as possible when they take manual action. They include: Google has very clear webmaster guidelines

  • Most manual penalties are indeed “clear cut cases” and easy
  • Google has training sessions
  • Google has “shadowing” to train new team members
  • Google will always review new manual penalties set by new Googlers
  • They do random spot checks for quality throughout the database
  • There are philosophical questions in the spam gray zone where they work together as a team to come to a consensus.
  • Google is not bound by a narrow view, they look at the whole holistic picture. Such as looking at repeat spammers, malware cases and so on. Anything that is counter to the spirit of the guidelines, they will act on them.

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Responsive Web Design Interactive Infographics

Just think about, how many different tablets, laptops, netbooks and smartphones there are. It’s miracle that web designers and developers manage to stay sane. Of course there are Web standards and entire organizations that exist for the sole reason to make sure that Internet you see is generally the same Internet that everyone else sees. But a greater number of devices can face certain problems when you’re attempting to visit specific website. That’s where Responsive website design became a saving power for developers.

responsive web design complete guide

Responsive Web design is a style of website development that allows creating websites where content responds to the device it is rendered with. So while the website is being viewed from a desktop computer, it is rendered differently when viewed from the tablet. That is why when developing a responsive website one needs to take into consideration the size and resolution of smaller screens.

Still, no matter how advanced your skills in web design are there is always space for improvement. By now there are already created hundreds of thousands of tutorials for mastering Responsive Web Design, but most of them cover similar or even the same topics. Luckily TemplateMonster’s team released interactive guide into the Responsive Web design.

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25+ awesome redesign concepts

Not every designer gets the chance to work on a high-profile redesign. In fact, the vast majority will never have that chance. At least not officially.

But that doesn’t mean they don’t have some amazing ideas about how sites like Facebook, Twitter, CNN, and other big-name sites should look.

That’s why a lot of designers take on conceptual redesigns of high-profile sites as personal projects. Designers aren’t constrained by a client spec when working on solo projects like this, meaning they’re free to innovate and take risks.

Here I’ve rounded up more than two dozen awesome redesign concepts for sites like Amazon, IMDb, Facebook, Twitter, Groupon, and more, to inspire you to tackle your own concept designs.

TD Bank

TD Bank’s current website is probably among the worst bank websites out there. It’s bland, boring, and not particularly easy to navigate. This concept, from John Kumahara, is a huge improvement over their current design. It’s clean, easy to navigate, and well-laid-out.

td bank has a great website to begin with, but this darker, slightly grungier design is an interesting take on the brand. It’s a bit more sophisticated and understated than their current website.


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