Heartbleed bug in the OpenSSL type of encryption technology used on many web servers is of grave concern – enough for Revenue Canada to close online submission of income tax returns and accessing accounts until it can fix the security hole. The bug has made it possible for usernames and passwords to be leaked. It may be necessary for us all to change our passwords on all accounts.
‘Change every password everywhere’: Heartbleed’s threat to Web security , Michael Liedtke and Anick Jesdanun, Globe and Mail via AP (Apr 9)
An alarming lapse in Internet security has exposed millions of passwords, credit-card numbers and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers who may have been secretly exploiting the problem before its discovery.
Canada Revenue Agency shuts online service to guard against Heartbleed bug by Tu Thanh Ha and others, Globe and Mail (Apr 9)
The Heartbleed security bug has forced Canada’s tax agency to block public access to its online services just three weeks ahead of the April 30 deadline for filing personal income tax.
Slideshare is an excellent source of presentations for getting a quick overview. Acquired by LinkedIn in May 2012, it has content on business, travel, technology, career planning, and likely any topic you might search for. Users upload presentations, infographics, documents, videos, PDFs, and webinars. Viewers may easily follow favourite contributors and people in their LinkedIn network, and get updates on featured presentations.
For web searchers two to follow are:
Mary Ellen Bates – Super Searcher Tips from a session at Computers in Libraries. She mentions Millionshort.com as method for digging more deeply into Google’s index; also searching Twitter and some other social media searches; and some bits on Google Scholar
Karen Blakeman – How we really search: the end of Google’s supremacy – presentation at Southampton University, UK. She covered social media, main web search engines, some specialty engines, images – much more.
Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ support some use of Boolean operators. Twitter is the strongest – even has near. Google+ is good. Need to use workarounds for Facebook. Read the article – very useful.
How Boolean Search Improves Your Social Media Monitoring, Kelsey Jones, Social Media Examiner (Mar 31)
[Thanks to Research Buzz]
Is what you just read in Twitter or in a blog true? How do you verify user-generated content? Dan Russell of Search Research recommends Verification Handbook — one you should read
The Verification Handbook is a collection of short chapters about how-to-verify-social-media-information. It’s edited by Craig Silverman of the Poynter Institute (an organization you should know about) and the creator of the blog Regret the Error.
The book - Verification Handbook: Definitive guide to verifying digital content for emergency coverage – is free. Mathew Ingram, formerly of the Globe and Mail and a media expert, is one of the many authors.
Karen Blakeman asks Is Bing dropping search terms? (Mar 1), and it likely is. Gone are the days when we could count on search engines searching for ALL our terms. Too often our search terms are nowhere to be seen – even on large results sets.
Karen gives two ways to force Bing to include all terms. Interestingly, use the Boolean AND, or the prefix inbody:xxx
At Google we need to use Verbatim search, or intext:xxx. Don’t know about AND.
Metadata for Google Books is still bad – or, we should say, there are countless examples of when it is completely wrong. This posting notes that this may not be entirely problems with Google algorithms, but with human activity. The same mistakes on new titles are present at Amazon and Abe Books. The error may be due “to one of the third-party offshore cataloguers on which Google and others rely for their metadata.” To which I can add from my recent experience in publishing a book that much depends on the “publisher” adding the right metadata, and making sure that that information is put – correctly – into the stream that feeds all the book databases.
More Metadata Muddles on Google Books, Geoff NunBerg, Language Log (Feb 21)
All to say, don’t depend on that metadata. If you’re doing a search, run many different combinations.
New infographic on search tips for Google – Be a Google Ninja: Tips and Tricks for Online Research by Joshua Brown (Feb 17). All very fine except there is a mistake almost immediately – Google no longer supports ~ as a fuzzy operator. Otherwise the collection of tips and advice here is very good for the beginner.
Melanie Pinola at LifeHacker offers students tips for searching Google. Hack Tricks – Google Search (Jan 25)
This is a fast tour of using syntax at Google– such as site: to limit to a website; filetype: – to find a pdf or image file; intitle: to look for words in a title of a page. There are more.
- Google discontinued ~ tilde for finding related words
- Author or inauthor used to work for News and maybe Blogs – doesn’t now. Does work in Scholar but may not be reliable.
Article also has tips for Google Books and Scholar.
Of interest: Google Drive has a research tool – will grab the citation in the style you choose (MLA, APA, or Chicago).
This presentation by Marcy Phelps at Internet Librarian 2013 goes through the steps and approaches the information professional will want to employ to search quickly and effectively.
Cost-Effective Searching: Online strategies and practices to get the most for your search dollar and your time.
Has a couple of tips on using Google. I wouldn’t use OR to the extent mentioned here. Google does more semantic interpretation of words and less keyword matching. Therefore, expanding a concept with OR may muddy results too much.
Greatest value is the reminder to use specialty sites – find them, collect them, know them, use them.
Marcy Phelps has other presentations at Slideshare – would be good to follow her for tools and techniques.
This slideshare presentation on How to find a job using Twitter by Jarkko Sjoman is very clever – very Mad Men. All the backdrops are scenes from the Mad Men television show. Fun to look at while you make sense of the tips – such as – “build your network before you need it”.