Weekly Digital News Roundup: Aug 7-11

Google to Reward Sites With HTTPS Security

  • According to Forbes, Google announced Wednesday that it will begin rewarding sites with HTTPS security by ranking them higher in its search results.
  • For the past few months, the company has experimented by “taking into account whether sites use secure, encrypted connections as a signal in our search ranking algorithms,” and according to a post on its blog, has seen positive results.
  • For now, HTTPS is just a “lightweight signal that will affect “fewer than 1% of global queries and carrying less weight than other signals such as high-quality content.” But that could change over time as Google strives to “encourage all website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep everyone safe on the web.”

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Weekly Digital News Roundup: July 31 – Aug 4

Hackers Steal 1.2 Billion Passwords

  • According to the New York Times, a Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses.
  • The records, discovered by Hold Security, a firm in Milwaukee, include confidential material gathered from 420,000 websites, including household names, and small Internet sites.
  • Hold Security would not name the victims, citing nondisclosure agreements and a reluctance to name companies whose sites remained vulnerable.

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Weekly Digital News Roundup: July 24-28

Obama to sign cellphone unlocking legislation

  • According to Politico, President Barack Obama pledged Friday to sign a bill passed by the House and Senate to legalize cellphone unlocking, in a rare example of tech policy advancing in Washington.
  • The House passed the legislation just hours earlier, and the Senate approved the measure last week. The bill reverses a Library of Congress decision that made it illegal for cellphone users to unlock their devices to be used on other networks.
  • Cellphone unlocking — the act of changing settings on a mobile device so it can be used on a different wireless network — was legal until the Library of Congress declared it copyright infringement in 2012.

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