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SEO vs Reputation Management - a useful comparison illustrating the differences between the related digital marketing fields - online reputation management and search engine optimization - https://defamationdefenders.com/blog/seo-vs-orm/
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https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/15/20966237/google-chrome-white-tab-screen-crash-experiment-it-admins

Looks like Goog fixed it last night, but any of you Citrix admins whose users were having issues should be ok now.

Interesting that m78 broke something with SEP too :yikes:
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Browser Tips Update

Further to my last post about testing a variety of browser performance statistics, I've recently discovered something that I think may be of use to other EE members.

When using Google Chrome as my default browser along with a variety of different AdBlocking extensions, visiting a page like this one: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/ returns the following error after about 36 ads have been blocked. All further reading is prevented unless the site is whitelisted.

Google Chrome with Adblock Plus Extension
However, visiting the same page with the Brave Browser I can view the site and read any articles on there without ads and without triggering the Ad Blocker warning.

The site (along with a few others I've stumbled across) does not appear to recognize the built-in AdBlocker in Brave. How long that will remain to be the case I'm not sure.

I've also confirmed (from my own tests) that Brave is by far the quickest browser to use on Social Media sites like Facebook. Nowhere near the number of slowdowns that I experience with Google Chrome (or other browsers) that I've tested so far.

Further, using this extension (credit to McKnife for finding it) you can also leave Google Chrome as the default browser if you want to, yet easily send links to the Brave browser when needed. Works a treat here :)

I hope this little tidbit of information helps you out.

Regards, Andrew
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The Internet’s horrifying new method for installing Google apps on Huawei phones

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/10/the-internets-horrifying-new-method-for-installing-google-apps-on-huawei-phones/

I learn something interesting today. Have a look at the above link.
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by:Brian B
Just curious, what does that first graphic written in "Chinese" say?
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by:Martin Nguyen
Thanks for the warning Thomas!

https://www.forbes.com/sites/daveywinder/2019/06/11/new-security-warning-issued-for-googles-1-5-billion-gmail-and-calendar-users/

Here is the Google Calendar spoof/social engineering hack you mentioned. Thanks for the reminder to post it!
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Thanks to all who participated!!!! I was stuck.  I had to create these buttons but was not adept enough at Photoshop to do the job.  I had almost all the materials (files) I needed.  I had looked up on youtube and google how to create the buttons, but I still wasn't quite getting it (I'm getting old).  So I asked this question (https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29145269/How-to-export-multiple-layers-to-a-png-file-from-photoshop-automatically.html) here on EE and received a lot of good answers.  To my delight, Emily Phelan (https://www.experts-exchange.com/members/Emily-Phelan-1.html) ended up being the person who answered my question most pointedly.  The other answers by David Favor (https://www.experts-exchange.com/members/David-Favor.html) and Scott Fell (https://www.experts-exchange.com/members/padas.html) ended up being excellent for other reasons.
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Dangerous malware hides in Android image
Félix Marciano - Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 18:28

By taking advantage of a flaw in Android, hackers can take control of a smartphone with a simple PNG image.

Computers are not the only victims of security breaches. Smartphones and other touch tablets can also be targeted by hackers, as they also work with an operating system that may contain breaches. And the paths that hackers take are sometimes impressive in their ingenuity. Thus, in its latest security bulletin , Google has just issued an alert for all devices running Android, because of the massive spread of malware hiding in a common PNG image .

Exploiting a flaw identified and corrected by Google, this malware would circulate easily through couriers and social networks . But under a harmless appearance, he would be able to wreak havoc by creating a backdoor (a backdoor) allowing hackers to take control of a device, including recovering personal data (contacts, messages, etc.).

All recent versions of Android, from Nougat (7.0) to Pie (9.0), are affected , which concerns a large number of smartphones. The threat is taken so seriously that Google recommends performing security updates without delay . The publisher has just released on February 1 patches, in which he corrects this dangerous flaw, among forty other problems.

Source: …
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Just got an email about the sun setting of Google +

“You've received this email because you have a consumer (personal) Google+ account or you manage a Google+ page.

In December 2018, we announced our decision to shut down Google+ for consumers in April 2019 due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers' expectations. We want to thank you for being part of Google+ and provide next steps, including how to download your photos and other content.

On April 2nd, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and we will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts. Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted. You can download and save your content, just make sure to do so before April. Note that photos and videos backed up in Google Photos will not be deleted.

The process of deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts, Google+ Pages, and Album Archive will take a few months, and content may remain through this time. For example, users may still see parts of their Google+ account via activity log and some consumer Google+ content may remain visible to G Suite users until consumer Google+ is deleted.

As early as February 4th, you will no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events.

See the full FAQ for more details and updates leading up to the shutdown.

If you're a Google+ Community owner …
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by:Martin Nguyen
Probably also has to deal with the fact there was a recent security breach of G+, and maintaining security on a low usage/traffic service wouldn't be the best use of resources. Also, Google likes to start and stop projects frequently.

I'm mostly saddened that Inbox will be sunset in a few months, and I'll have to get acclimated to Gmail clients again.
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Google has recently stated that they'll prevent 'tech support' services from advertising through Google Ads (ie. Adwords):
https://www.blog.google/products/ads/restricting-ads-third-party-tech-support-services/

A few Google Searches in, I'm not seeing that they're being very restrictive in this:

tech support searches
Hopefully at the very least they're starting by restricting display ads that tell you your drivers are out of date.
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by:Scott Fell
That’s why in the coming months, we will roll out a verification program to ensure that only legitimate providers of third-party tech support can use our platform to reach consumers.

They must have read Craig's post https://www.experts-exchange.com/discussions/221179/Strategic-Adjustment-Next-Steps-for-Experts-Exchange.html

Verified Expert to indicate those who have proven themselves to be outstanding and well-known in their field
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by:Lucas Bishop
Craig's reach is inspiring.
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25 development practices our NodeJS developers follow

Node.js, a JavaScript runtime built on Google V8 JavaScript engine employs an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes way for lightweight and efficient web applications. This blog introduces you to some 25 of best of its practices.
Read more : https://goo.gl/yKZmu2
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Google’s “duplex” AI system for voice recognition and natural language responses is pretty amazing. The phone call snippets here don’t even sound like you’re talking to a bot:

https://ai.googleblog.com/2018/05/duplex-ai-system-for-natural-conversation.html
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When Google identifies that your business provides a good user experience, but they'd rather not send visitors to you:
 google ranks their own speed test over a branded term
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by:Andrew Leniart
On the plus side, there's no adds on the Speedtest result from Measurement Lab. I think I may actually prefer it to Ookla lol.

I take your point about searching for speedtest.net and ending up with a top result of measurementlab.net though :-)

Speedtest-by-M-Lab.png
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by:Lucas Bishop
It's actually Googles native speed test app, they share your IP and test results with M-lab:
https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/6283840?p=speedtest&visit_id=1-636604760925218247-3749166768&rd=1

They're literally ranking their own tool higher, than their competitor, for an exact match on their competitor's brand name.
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Why Laravel is best PHP framework for web development  

As per Google Trends, Stack Overflow Trends, and stars on GitHub, Laravel is not only the most popular PHP framework, it also beats the competition by a substantial margin. The trend has been found in most of the world with India, The US, and China taking the lead.


Read more:  https://goo.gl/LoFKuo
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Google is promoting a new tool they've created for publishers, which appears to be a paywall service for ad-block users:
https://www.blog.google/topics/ads/helping-publishers-recover-lost-revenue-ad-blocking/

One of the more strict settings they support is essentially a hybrid of the WSJ model:
a message that blocks access to content until the visitor chooses to allow ads on the site, or to pay to access the content with either the site’s proprietary subscription service or a pass that removes all ads on that site through Google Contributor.

Here's the site dedicated to this service:
https://contributor.google.com/v/beta
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by:Kyle Santos
Wow.
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by:Anna Everson
Not bad at all
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If you want to enter a check or x mark in google sheets the following =char(10004)in the cell this will create a check mark and =char(10008)will create a x no idea what is behind this, but this is how it works
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gSuite help is still terrible.

I have several comments about how using paid support for Office 365 is far superior to the experience using gSuite including my comment on this article from 2015.

Yesterday's call to gSuite support reconfirms.  Problem is a user wants to have access to Android apps on his new Google Pixelbook. Going to settings on the Pixelbook to enable the feature is grayed out.  A call to Pixelbook support confirmed the issue is the user is a member of a business gSuite account and there is a feature that has to be turned on.  I was directed to call into gSuite. Calling gSuite support is about as helpful as talking to my 2 year old niece. The gSuite tech acted as if he had no knowledge of a Pixelbook. I had to explain several times it was a product of his own company. Even going down the Chromebook route didn't help. He could simply point to turning on a feature that was already set. Otherwise, I would have to call the Pixelbook Support.

I have called into office 365 support for many issues. Sometimes the issue went beyond the scope of what the tech should have helped for their own silo, but they still were able to spend 30 to 60 minutes on the phone to solve the issue with great patience and product knowledge.

After the sale support many times goes unnoticed or untested.  When evaluating a service or software, I will call in…
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by:Scott Fell
Thanks for the nudge Andrew.  Perhaps I will do just that.
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by:Andrew Leniart
Please do Scott. I'll be more than happy to edit and get it published for you.

I think a lot of people may benefit from your experiences, and it may just be the push Google needs to provide some decent support.
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Though I've always had FireFox installed, Google Chrome has been my default browser for quite some time now.  For the last few hours, I've been using the latest release of Firefox. It wouldn' update properly for me so I uninstalled and reinstalled. I must say I'm impressed so far. Browsing speed has definitely improved, all my add-ons still work.  I've just made it default browser for a while.. will be interesting to see Google's answer to this release :)

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by:Andrew Leniart
Well that was a short Trial.  If you have the grammarly.com extension enabled in Firefox v58.0 (64 bit), the formatting toolbar dissapears when you try to answer questions or do anything else on Experts Exchange.

I rely on that extension, so until it's fixed, back to Chrome I go :)
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More key findings from the Spectre and Meltdown patches.

Microsoft found that users running Windows 10 on newer chips (2016-era PCs with Skylake, Kabylake or newer CPUs) should not notice any slowdowns. While there are some single-digit performance penalties, they are reflected in milliseconds.

On Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 7 on devices with older chips (2015-era PCs with Haswell or older CPUs), benchmark tests showed more significant penalties and users may actually notice a decrease in performance. On Windows 10, only some users should experience slowdowns, but on older versions of the operating system most users are expected to notice performance issues.

Azure cloud platform had not seen any noticeable performance impact. Some users may experience networking performance impact, but that can be addressed using the Azure Accelerated Networking feature.

Red Hat has also reported seeing measurable performance impact, ranging between 8 and 19 percent, for operations involving highly cached random memory.

Amazon said it had not observed any significant performance impact for the overwhelming majority of EC2 workloads, but some AWS customers have complained about degraded performance after the patches were applied starting with December.

Apple, which started performing tests after releasing updates in December, also said it had not seen any measurable reduction in the performance of macOS and iOS.

Google also claimed to have observed negligible impact…
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I changed my computer's to download Windows Updates Automatically a few months ago, but I've never really trusted it.

Today my mistrust in counting on things to happen automatically was vindicated when I manually opened Windows Update to check manually for updates and promptly got a Windows Update Error 0x80070003

Windows 7 Action Centre, set to warn me if there was a problem with Automatic Updates, reported no problems.

After fixing the problem and getting Windows Updates to work again, (the standard fixes didn't work - a hotfix needed to be installed) it's now installing about ~700MB of critical updates that it just downloaded as I type.  

The moral of this post?

Don't trust automatic Windows updates!  In fact, don't trust Automatic anything. Use automated updating by all means, I even encourage it to all my clients, but periodically check to ensure that whatever you've set to update automatically is in fact, updating.  

According to a google search, the problem I just fixed on my Win 7 Pro 64bit system has been reported occurring on Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 systems during December of 2017 and January of this year.  It seems to only happen on certain system configurations.

Just a heads up folks.
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by:Andrew Leniart
Thanks for your comments John.  For reference of any doubters, here is how my Windows Update Settings were (and continue to be) set on my Win 7 Pro 64 Bit System.

Windows Update settings
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by:John
That is how my own Windows 7 VM is set. But it is normally off. So when I started it late last week (monthly at least), and let it run for 5 minutes, it started downloading updates and then installed them. I only had to restart.
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Google just kickstarted the augmented reality stickers war - if you have a Pixel phone start sending AR stickers of Star Wars characters sitting in your office!

http://mashable.com/2017/12/11/google-launches-ar-stickers-pixel-phones/#pYlFdfU_nPqL
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As i search my company through google it show the below description as
''Your access to this site has been limited. Your access to this service has been temporarily limited. Please try again in a few minutes. (HTTP response code 503). Reason: Manual block by administrator. Important note for site admins: If you are the administrator of this website note that your access has been limited because ...'' please check this issue immediately

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by:Brian B
Hi Sujith. You have entered this as a post, but it looks like you are asking for help. To get the best response from the Experts, you should probably re-submit this as a question using the "ask a question" button at the top of the page, or this link: https://www.experts-exchange.com/askQuestion.jsp

If you do ask a question, please post the link to it back here so others can find your question and help you more quickly.

Please see here for further details: http://support.experts-exchange.com/customer/portal/articles/756544-how-to-succeed-at-ee-as-an-asker
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Does anyone know if after downloading a Google data archive the data gets automatically deleted from my account (I want to keep my data online, I am not downloading because I want to leave google)
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by:Zaheer Iqbal
Data is kept unless you delete your account.
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by:Abraham Deutsch
Thank you for your help and quick response
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