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Each day owning a computer and maintaining it online becomes more of a challenge. Security is a major concern to computer users. SaferPC brings you Security News and Issues of interest to security conscious PC users.

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Activist Post: Supreme Court upholds jail strip searches with no suspicion regardless of alleged crime
by Madison Ruppert
April 3, 2012

The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that jails are allowed to conduct invasive strip searches on new inmates without any suspicion, regardless of the offense(s) the individual alleged committed.

While tragic, this decision is hardly surprising given the fact that the United States has descended into a hellish police state where even children are targeted by police officers and almost anything you do can be considered an indicator of terrorism. This also perfectly exemplifies what I like to call the de facto dual justice system, wherein police are allowed to get away with murder and the brutal assault of elderly people with dementia, while average people are arrested and thrown in jail for failing to finish a siding project.

Prescription Drug Deaths Now Outnumber Traffic Fatalities in U.S.
by Anthony Gucciardi
September 19, 2011

In 2009, drugs exceeded the amount of traffic-related deaths, killing at least 37,485 people nationwide.

According to information provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the very pharmaceuticals that are prescribed to treat life-endangering conditions are now ending lives. The death toll is partially due to an increase in mental illness medication known as psychotropics, which have been criticized by health experts as being oftentimes unnecessarily prescribed. The pills, given to patients to prevent suicide thoughts and tendencies, may actually lead to suicidal thoughts and suicide.

Indiana Governor Signs Bill Allowing Citizens To Use Deadly Force Against Police Officers Into Law
by Stephen D. Foster Jr.
March 23, 2012

Republican Governor Mitch Daniels has signed Senate Enrolled Act 1 into law in Indiana.

The new law allows citizens to use deadly force against police officers they think are illegally entering their homes. Earlier this month, Addicting Info reported that the bill had passed the Senate. Republicans say the bill is designed to keep police safe, but Democrats say the bill will lead to the wanton killing of police officers.

Top 5 things you should know about invalid clicks
by The Ad Traffic Quality Team
November 30, 2011

During the AdSense team's recent policy webinars, a number of publishers posted questions on our Google Moderator page about invalid click activity and the resources available to help them protect their accounts.

We've brought in experts from the Ad Traffic Quality team to address your top questions about invalid clicks here in this post today. As a quick introduction, our responsibility on the Ad Traffic Quality team is to monitor traffic across Google's ad network and prevent advertisers from paying for invalid traffic. We've recently launched an in-depth Ad Traffic Quality Resource Center, a site designed for both advertisers and publishers to learn more about invalid clicks. This site also aggregates various resources that help you learn about invalid clicks and maintain a successful AdWords or AdSense account.

+1: Now making Display ads more relevant
by Christian Oestlien
September 20, 2011

Starting in October, the +1 button will begin to appear on display ads on your site. With a single click, people will now be able to endorse specific ads and make them more likely to appear to their social connections.

We believe that these recommendations could lead your readers to notice ads on your site more, leading to more clicks and higher returns for you over time. For example, take Susan, who sees an ad for a good deal on flights. She +1's the ad, thinking her friends might value this deal. Now, when Susan's friends and contacts are signed in to their Google accounts, they'll be able to see Susan's picture across the bottom of the ad, with a note saying she +1'd it.

Key policy takeaways from AdSense in Your City
by Dan Zilic
May 26, 2011

At one of the most recent events in our Zurich office, we offered workshops on the Google AdSense program policies where we gained a deeper understanding of your concerns and questions around our policies and policy enforcement processes.

To help spread the message to those unable to attend, we wanted to share a few things from the workshops on the Inside AdSense blog. We enforce our program policies on a site and account level. It's definitely worth reading this 'AdSense Facts & Fiction: Program Policies' post to learn more about our policy enforcement processes.

Ads Security: 2012 Retrospective
by David W. Baker
January 17, 2013

While most people are working on productive New Year's resolutions, scammers and bad actors will begin 2013 with the same old goal: make money with the help of bad ads.

Advertising helps fund businesses online and enables them to provide services and content for free to their users. But, bad ads can ruin your web experience, putting you and legitimate businesses in harm's way. We have a vested interest in fighting bad ads and their sources with considerable firepower. Luckily, our ads quality team hasn't changed its New Year's resolutions either: stop bad ads and eliminate bad actors from our systems. In 2012, we continued to make progress towards this goal: we introduced new tools for stopping bad ads, provided greater transparency around the ads review process, and explained how advertisers can connect with us if we ever mistakenly disapprove good ads. Below is a more complete look at our efforts to combat bad ads in 2012.

Taking Extra Precautions to Keep Ads Safe
September 12, 2012

The overwhelming majority of our advertisers never serve an ad that violates our policies and terms. But occasionally we see violations, and on very rare occasions, our systems wrongly detect an ad as being in violation of policy.

I wanted to explain why this happens and what you can do if it happens to you. Ads help fund businesses across the web, and enable people everywhere to enjoy their favorite services and content, often for free. Yet, bad online advertising practices - like spammy emails, deceptive or misleading ads, and worse - quickly ruin users' experiences online and discourage people from using the web. As a result, we all have a vested interest in fighting these bad ads with serious firepower. Last year, of the billions of ads submitted to Google we disabled more than 130 million, and reduced the percentage of bad ads by more than 50% compared with the year before. These are big numbers, but we're doing what's necessary to deliver a safe, trustworthy experience that meets our highest standards.

More control with "mute this ad" [x] icon
by Michael Aiello
June 29, 2012

We're investing in many ways to give users control over the ads they see.

On YouTube, our TrueView ad products enables users to skip video ads. On Google search, you can click "Why this Ad?" and stop sites you're not interested in from showing you ads. Our Ads Preferences Manager, available with one click on the AdChoices icon on ads on the Google Display Network, enables you to edit your interest categories, or opt out of all interest based ads including remarketing ads on our Display Network. Over the next few weeks, we're introducing a small [x] which will appear in the corner of some display ads on the Google Display Network. When a user clicks the [x], he or she will no longer see ads from that campaign.

Increasing transparency in Quality Score
April 24, 2012

Today, we're introducing more details about your Quality Score in AdWords.

Using the status hover for a keyword in the Keywords tab, you'll see the traditional 1-10 numeric score and new ratings for each main factor in Quality Score. The new ratings have a relative scale so you'll understand whether your performance expected clickthrough rate, ad relevance, and landing page experience is average, above average, or below average compared to other advertisers.


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