Posts Tagged ‘Google’
Turns out you can delete it, though.
Google caught my attention earlier this year when they cluttered up the web interface with extra buttons to promote/demote search hits.
Now Google tracks your web history by default when you sign in. Remember when we thought it was a big deal that the servers might surrepetitously install tracking cookies? Now it appears that Google assumes you’ve consented to pervasive web tracking just by signing in to Gmail, or Google Docs, or Google News, or any of the other rich data mining grounds web services they offer.
Even more interesting: it’s not mentioned on the privacy page.
Just when I needed to access the University of Duhok servers most … BLACKLISTED.
I’m really not one to complain about sensible Internet security measures. It’s just that this time, I’m the one that needed access to all the information stuck behind the Google / Mozilla quarantine wall.
Google’s and Mozilla’s strategy for containing malicious software on Web servers works approximately like this. If the Google bots encounter repeated attempts to install malware at your servers (about five in the space of several weeks), they flag your servers as high risks for Web users. Mozilla and Google then politely refuse to let users browse those websites.
With a modicum of creativity, it’s possible to visit those sites in violation of the quarantine. Most users, however, will simply do without access to the sites until they clean up their act. This is eminently sensible.
I just wish this wasn’t the week they had to clean up the servers at the university I’m about to visit. Calling Duhok is expensive.