Don't google my name!

Google is of course the most popular website today, and although in itself does not contain any information, it supplies us with countless links to other websites. However, attempts to make google a very powerful search engine mean that it can expose data that many people wish it could keep secret. Sometimes these data can be passwords, credit card details, secret documents and confidential information. This article is for informational purposes only, and is intended to raise awareness of the situation.

Below we provide our selection of the most nasty google searches:

  1. "not for distribution" confidential

  2. filetype:xls inurl:"email.xls"

  3. "http://*:*@www"

  4. filetype:mdb inurl:"account|users|admin|administrators|passwd|password"

  5. intitle:"Index of" pwd.db

  6. inurl:admin inurl:backup intitle:index.of

  7. intitle:"statistics of" "advanced web statistics"

  8. "This report was generated by WebLog"

  9. "These statistics were produced by getstats"

  10. "A syntax error has occurred"

  11. filetype:ihtml

  12. "Access denied for user" "Using password"

  13. "The script whose uid is " "is not allowed to access"

  14. "ORA-00921: unexpected end of SQL command"

  15. "error found handling the request" cocoon filetype:xml

  16. "error found handling the request" cocoon filetype:xml

  17. intitle:"Web Server Statistics for ****"

  18. inurl:"/axs/" -script

  19. intitle:"statistics of" "advanced web statistics"

  20. "Output produced by SysWatch *"

These searches are capable of finding passwords, website documents and even credit card details. We recommend to all webmasters to be very careful, with their website security in general and be particularly careful they when store data online, as they have the ultimate responsibility for the safety of their clients. Very often, even when a web page is deleted, some internet users might still have access for months later to a cached version of the web page. Google must also take immediate action and add additional safety features that will prevent unauthorized access to sensitive information. Today google and artificial intelligence have become so powerful, that everyone feels insecurity about his own privacy when surfing online.

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