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Google Increases Privacy, but There Is a Downside

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When you use Google services and devices, the company saves a lot of data about the way you use them, including your location data and your web searches. You can go in and delete some of this manually, and there are ways to turn the features off so that they will not automatically save. However, many people don't do this, don't know how to do it, or plan to do it and then forget to actually take the time to log in and make the changes. To help protect the privacy of their users, Google is now transitioning toward auto-delete options to erase this data, but they warn that it may hinder the way you experience their services.

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Facebook to Focus on Privacy and Communication

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Do you ever feel like the big downfall of social media is that it's all too open and exposed? The internet used to be far more of an anonymous experience, but now it seems like everyone is can see everything and nothing is really all that private. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has some big plans for what he considers the future of social media as a whole, and they involve focusing on privacy and encrypted messages. He wants to do this for all of his platforms, which now include Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram. That may not bring back a totally anonymous experience, but it should provide additional security.

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HTTPS May Be Essential in the Near Future

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Just as Google has made it essential for your site to be mobile-friendly, another big industry change that promises to benefit all internet users could be on the way. Luckily, just like having a responsive design, it's probably something you've been considering - if not already doing - for quite some time.

Basically, if your site isn't secure, you could be seeing a drop in search engine rank and a depreciated value in browsers. This means making use of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption to switch to HTTPS as soon as possible.

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"Facebook at Work" Faces Uphill Battle

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Are the major tech giants running out of original ideas? Maybe not, but a trend in which companies try to steal some share from others' flagship markets seems to be increasing as of late. For example, Google launched Google+ after the success of Facebook, Microsoft launched Bing to directly compete with Google, Facebook launched Graph Search to get into the search game, and there's evidence that Apple could be doing the same.

Now, a project known as "Facebook at Work" could directly compete with Microsoft and Google in the workplace software field - but it's unclear whether or not it businesses would actually ever use it.

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DuckDuckGo and Ello: Will Privacy Concerns Topple the Establishment?

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Apple's iPhone 6 recently broke sales records, with over 10 million units being sold in a matter of days. This was a big win for Apple, but it's also a huge opportunity for a much lesser-known company: DuckDuckGo. DuckDuckGo is a privacy-focused search engine that Apple is now allowing users to easily set as their default search tool in iOS 8.

Sometimes described as the "anti-Google," DuckDuckGo has gained traction because it claims to never track user information. Its rise mirrors that of Ello, similarly known as the "anti-Facebook." Will privacy be the issue that brings Google and Facebook to their knees?

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