Posts Tagged ‘bing’

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Search Lock Already Bypassed

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Well that certainly didn’t take very long …

Microsoft announced on April 28, 2016 that it implemented a change on Windows 10 that prevents third-party programs from hijacking the operating system’s web search functionality. It took one day to create a solution to revert the change so that web searches on Windows 10 once again open in the default system browser regardless of whether that is Microsoft Edge or another web browser such as Firefox, Chrome or Opera.


Make any Search Engine the Default on Windows 10

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Apparently, the procedure for selecting the default search engine has changed slightly in Windows 10.

The following guide describes how you can make any search engine the default when you are running searches on Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. If you have used Windows 10 before you know that search is powered by Cortana in the operating system, and that Microsoft has added web search to desktop search which returns web results or suggestions depending on the query.


Third-Party Download Ads will be a Thing of the Past soon on Google

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

This is a nice move on Google’s part; third-party download ads are almost always an invitation to trouble.

When you search for software downloads currently on Google, for instance for Firefox, VLC or Google Chrome, then ads may be displayed to you before the organic search results. The problem with this is that advertisers were free to buy spots regardless of their relation with the software. This led to situations where users were redirected to third-party sites that had nothing to do with the original project.


The Next Firefox Default Search Engine: Yahoo Search and Others

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Hopefully, this move will be helpful to both Mozilla and Yahoo; Yahoo’s share of the search engine market definitely isn’t what it used to be.

Google Search has been the default search engine of the browser for the past years with Google paying Mozilla money for that privilege. While Mozilla put the money from the deal to good use, it made it dependent on that money at the same time.


Remove Default Applications on Windows 8 Systems

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Here’s a handy trick for those of us who like to pick our own default applications and have little use for the default apps that come with Windows 8.

The Windows 8 operating system ships with a set of default applications that are installed out of the box. Apps like Bing Finance, Camera, Photos, or Communication can be used right away as they are placed on the start screen interface by default. Microsoft added more default apps when it released Windows 8.1, introduces apps such as Reading List, Sound Recorder, Health & Fitness or Alarm to the set of apps already available before.


Disconnect Search Runs Your Searches through a Proxy for Improved Privacy

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Concerned about online privacy? Then you might want to check this out …

The majority of search engines track people that use them. While the amount of tracking differs, from just recording search terms and IP addresses to creating detailed online profiles about searchers, it is fair to say that this can be a privacy issue. Search engines such as DuckDuckGo or StartPage gained popularity in the wake of PRISM as some Internet users were searching for alternatives that would not track their every move and search on the Internet.


Microsoft: AV-Test Study that Bing Serves 5x More Malware is Inaccurate

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

I’d really like to take this explanation seriously, but it’s kind of hard to overlook the fact that Microsoft has a horse in this race …

The German IT-Security institute AV-Test published the results of a test study earlier this month that analyzed search engine malware delivery. The company used a sample size of more than 40 million websites delivered as search engine results over the course of an 18 month period. One of the conclusions of the study was that Bing delivered five times as many websites containing malware as Google did while Russian-based Yandex delivered ten times as many as Google Search.


Bing Updates Facebook Photo Search

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

The “respect for privacy” claim is certainly reassuring … but it still might not be a bad idea to review your current Facebook privacy settings …

Last year Microsoft’s search engine Bing rolled out its “Friends Photos”, but today the company announced a huge update to the service, which allows users to search photos on Facebook. Before you press the panic button, the company assures us that “Bing respects your Facebook privacy settings. Your Facebook friends will only be able to see the photos you have made viewable and your photos will never be shared with the public”


How to Browse All of Your Web Images on Bing and Google

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Here’s a simple, yet useful trick that can come in handy for just about anybody who runs a web site.

If you run your own website you are probably also posting images on it from time to time. If you take ghacks for instance, you will notice that most articles contain at least one image in them to visualize the contents of the post and help with SEO. Most of the images that you post on your site get indexed by search engines which opens up a great opportunity for us. You can browse the images that were posted on your site using search engines.


Ways to Find Websites that are Copying Your Content

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

When an outside website copies content from your site without permission or attribution, it’s more than just annoying, it can also damage your search engine ranking …

There are a couple of reasons why you may want to make sure no other website on the Internet has published contents that you have created without proper authorization. The main reason from a webmaster perspective is duplicate content that is caused by scrapers. Google, Bing and other search engines most of the time gets it right, and will rank your content in front of the scraping sites. Sometimes however they do not so that your site ends up taking a backseat as it is outranked by sites that have copied your articles on theirs.