Posts tagged ‘Gmail’

November 24, 2010

Google’s new blunder – a big security hole!


If, until a few days ago, you surfed the site ( while logged into your Google account, then you can be rest assured that your Google mail has been harvested. According to TechCrunch, if this happened then you would probably get an email in your spam.  GoogleChic, are you checking your spam and trash emails yet? 🙂

Google fixed the issue and replied “We quickly fixed the issue in the Google Apps Script API that could have allowed for emails to be sent to Gmail users without their permission if they visited a specially designed website while signed into their account. We immediately removed the site that demonstrated this issue, and disabled the functionality soon after. We encourage responsible disclosure of potential application security issues to”

GoogleChic, I hope you added that security email in your contact list. I’m pretty sure you would need to use it frequently 😛


AppleGirl should be very familiar with security breaches. After all a very similar issue occurred on the iPhone just a couple months back.

Remember the PDF security issue? Essentially, if you loaded a PDF file from a website it would give a hacker full control of your phone.

In this day and age, security is a huge concern for all of us and I’m happy to know that Google is on top of their game and addressed the issue quickly.

While we’re on the security topic, I just received two over the air updates on my Nexus One just a day ago. This was the 2.2.1 release and it was all security updates. The update also preps the phone for the impending 2.3 (Gingerbread) rollout.

AppleGirl, I don’t need the security email on my contacts, Google is already watching out for me 🙂

Source: gizmodo


September 23, 2010

Colbert report – featuring Google’s head honcho


AppleGirl would love this video! She’s always griping about Google’s highway robbery of your personal info so that it can use it to predict your likes and dislikes. Now you can hear it directly from Google’s CEO himself, Eric Schmidt. Last night on Colbert report, Eric stated that Google “collects” data from the web and uses “algorithms” to return your search results. Oh, and it also “forgets” the searches after awhile and no Google is not “evil” :)!

Check out the video, it’s just too funny and  Eric Schmidt was a good sport!

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That’s one funny video! You know I love jokes at Google’s expense! 🙂

When Eric Schmidt said  “Forgetting user searches is a law in many countries”, he might have been referring to European Union’s recommendation to delete data after six months after it was collected.  While Microsoft actually hits the delete button on the browser history after 6 months, Google keeps the data and makes only your IP address anonymous after 9 months (So when Schmidt said “forget” he did not mean “delete”)

Amongst all this data mining conundrum, I would sure as hell like to make sure that I have not opted in for Google Web History (which means Google keeps all your web history forever or atleast until you turn it off)!

As funny as the video is, Eric Schmidt has been a joke for making stupid comments! Check out Colbert himself taking some good shots at Schmidt and Google.

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