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Warning: Do not use Google Web Accelerator with WordPress (18 posts)

  1. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 9 years ago #

    It seems the potential opportunity to lose data is a large one:

    http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2005/05/google_web_acce_1.html

  2. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

  3. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

  4. Lorelle
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    For those of us concerned about this, can you simple explain what we should do. Should everyone take the steps recommended to prevent Goggle's Web Accellerator, or is this isolated to only a few people?

  5. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    1. Do not install it.
    2. Take all possible steps to ban the harvesting bot from your site (Method from my first link)
    3. Read why this is a VERY BAD THING
    4. Read up on stopping page caching
    5. Don't believe a word I say - after all, Google thinks it's great ;)

  6. Lorelle
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I read the method instructions and want to know if that should go before or after the permalinks set by WordPress and redirects for moved pages in the htaccess file?

  7. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    It doesn't matter.

    Put a couple of carriage returns AFTER the above method and let WP put what it does after it. Try that and then access your site - it should be okay.

  8. Lorelle
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I put it in on the top and so far, so good. Thanks for the hand holding.

  9. DianeV
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I've not installed this thing, but my understanding of it is that, aside from other pretty serious issues, the toolbar pre-fetches pages linked to from any page you visit. That means it, in essence, clicks the links so that, when you're ready to visit those links, they're already on your hard drive ... and therefore your surfing experience is speeded up.

    Now, you remember that "delete this post" link in the WP edit area?

  10. Denis de Bernardy
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Yeah, Google thinks it's great because it gets to install the filthiest piece of spyware ever to hit the market. :)

  11. Jinsan
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Wait so is this server thingy or is it a end/home user thingy, cuz if it's a server thingy then it won't be installed if it's a home/end user thingy then it definitely won't be installed - if i haven't installed should i worry about it? i mean if someone else has it installed and visit a site, is it going to delete that sites page (in theory).

  12. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

  13. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I just finished installing the recommended fixes to every site I run - and at the same time I installed Autoblink to bork Autolink. Took me a while on that one since there's really no .htaccess fix for it.

    I didn't do fanto's stuff in my .htaccess myself, I just used Cpanel to set up the IP denies. Works the same way, just easier for me. There's a couple other IP ranges too since fanto's postings - this is the list I'm currently blocking for GWA:

    72.14.192.*
    64.233.172.*
    64.233.173.*
    72.14.194.*

    More info about Autoblink can be found at SearchGuild.

  14. Jinsan
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Hmmm I still only partly understand this - GWA isn't a standard google feature, it's something people can use if they want to "improve" the speed at which they view pages.

    Vkaryl what specific fixes did you do? i#ve added the IPs you've listed to the IP deny manager. Don't pretend I;m an idiot, know that I am and I understand nada. I've also added the js code to the sites, but I'm still clueless. I feel I'm being sweeped up in moderate panic of sorts. You know, people start running, then more run and you don't know why, but you suspect it's something bad, so you run with them suddenly you're running really fast but you're not sure why.

  15. kay9
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

  16. 2notch
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    What Google is doing is not funny...but this is: http://marissaspr.blogspot.com/

  17. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    If you've used the IP deny mgr in Cpanel to add that list of IP ranges, Jin, that's all you need to do right now for protecting your sites from GWA. Adding the autoblink.js file as well will keep autolink at bay. Things may change; the web is not static, and it won't be long before nasty things begin to happen with GWA - I would bet good money that the common thief out there has already cranked up GWA and gone surfing for holes.

    The business with autolink is a whole other can of worms. The main problem with it is really only germane to people who monetize their sites by linking to THEIR CHOICE of businesses; what autolink does is (for those running the toolbar - in other words, those who have opted-in) is redo the on-page links with GOOGLE'S CHOICE of providers/businesses. If you don't want to link to Amazon, autolink doesn't care - that's where it changes your on-page bookstore or other links to go.

    And this is "do no evil". I'd sure hate to meet whatever google thinks IS evil!

    [Edit: Jin, the problem here is not with the innocent "I want to make my experience better" surfer. It's with those who will always seek to cause trouble, steal, etc. And the bottom-line problem is that google has not allowed for any "opt-out" measures for the webmaster. That's what's unconscionable about it.]

  18. Jinsan
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    marissapr seems like a female version of drew :)

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