Firefox 14 Now Automatically Encrypts Google Searches; Google Panda Update Rolls Out to Japanese & Korean Languages Affects < 5% Search Queries

Firefox 14 officially launched today, bring alongwith new security and developer features including "all Google searches are now encrypted by default.""We automatically make your Google searches secure (Google SSL search) in Firefox to protect your data from potentially prying eyes, like network administrators when you use public or shared WiFi networks. Google is currently the […]

Firefox 14 Rolls Out, Now Encrypts Google Search

Firefox 14 officially launched today, bring alongwith new security and developer features including "all Google searches are now encrypted by default."

"We automatically make your Google searches secure (Google SSL search) in Firefox to protect your data from potentially prying eyes, like network administrators when you use public or shared WiFi networks. Google is currently the only search engine that allows Firefox to make your searches private, but we look forward to supporting additional search engines with this feature in the future," Firfox wrote.

However, due to a Google loophole, the encryption will not prevent things you search for from "leaking" out to Google's advertisers nor potentially showing up as search suggestions or in data reported to web sites through Google Webmaster Central.

Firefox 14 also now makes it easier to see a website's verified identity by displaying the icon to the left of the URL.

For developers, Firefox now supports Pointer Lock API to allow applications, including first-person games to better control the mouse.

Firefox for a better experience with videos and Web games like Mozilla's BrowserQuest on OS X Lion 10.7 also begin supporting native fullscreen mode.

You can download Firefox 14 for Mac, Windows and Linux here.

Here are some video explaining Firfox 14's basic, customizing, and securing personal info:

Google Panda Update in Japanese and Korean, Affects Less than 5 Percent of search queries

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Google has now migrated the Panda Ranking algorithm to Japanese and Korean languages. In addition, Google also said that this is likely to affect about 5% of queries for those languages.

"No other Asian or other languages were affected by this update."