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As we build security, it's important to talk with at-risk users so that we can better protect them. Hear stories from some of our users on the +Google Ideas website: https://www.google.com/ideas/ 
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When I founded Google Ideas, I wanted to help bring engineering solutions to free expression challenges. So for some time now, my team and I have worked with users on the front lines to both understand the threats and to build tools that empower people to fight for free expression. 

We heard from a Vietnamese free speech blogger, whose friends were arrested after a phishing attack that stole her password. We heard from a Turkish activist who cited phishing as the biggest single threat to their organization. And we heard from a Syrian technologist who said the Syrian Electronic Army’s impact would be severely limited if people had better means to protect themselves against phishing. Again and again, we heard that phishing is one of the biggest -- if not the single biggest -- threat facing journalists and activists all over the world. Phishing attacks serve no purpose other than causing harm, in both the digital and physical world. 

Today, I'm proud to say that we're publicly launching a tool that will help. It's called Password Alert, and it's a simple Chrome Extension that works like a spellchecker -- when you type your Google password outside of Google login pages, you get a full-screen alert and can change your password if needed. You can install it here (g.co/passwordalert), and domain administrators can roll it out to all their users as well.  

Many of you might think that phishing isn't a direct threat to you, but it probably is to people you know. Please forward this to anyone you think might be at risk, and let me know how it goes. This is just a step, but as a company, we want to build tools that empower people to defend themselves against these attacks. 
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So glad to see this in the hands of people who need protection from bad guys! Congrats on the launch, Drew!
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Now I've had the pleasure of meeting two Thors.

Thanks +Parisa Tabriz !
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+Krzysztof Kotowicz moved our End-To-End encryption tool over to Github and there are now contributions from Yahoo!
 
"In June, we announced and launched End-To-End, a tool for those who need even more security for their communications than what we already provide. Today, we’re launching an updated version of our extension — still in alpha — that includes a number of changes..."
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150 days ago, we went on a fun family hike in Wildwood Park near Los Angeles. In addition to a few nice photos, I now also have an onyx Guardian badge in Ingress.

https://www.ingress.com/intel?ll=34.213697,-118.908299&z=17&pll=34.21423,-118.90963

My previous longest-held portal was a surprising 115 days in suburban San Carlos: https://www.ingress.com/intel?ll=37.50544,-122.276694&z=18&pll=37.505184,-122.277104
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Congrats! Nice find
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I'm happy that one of my projects, Password Alert, has just launched! It's a Chrome Extension that detects phishing based on where you type your password. Please try it and let me know what you think: g.co/passwordalert

The source code is here: https://github.com/google/password-alert
The blog post about it is here: http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/2015/04/protect-your-google-account-with.html
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I made this parady ... master of puppets I'm cutting your strings. Teaching your bits's to steal all your things there's. More but I'm told to be less more occupied with something. Else later.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/world/americas/us-cuba-relations.html?_r=0



"WASHINGTON — The United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century after the release of an American contractor held in prison for five years, President Obama announced on Wednesday.

In a deal negotiated during 18 months of secret talks hosted largely by Canada and encouraged by Pope Francis, who hosted a final meeting at the Vatican, Mr. Obama and President Raúl Castro of Cuba agreed in a telephone call to put aside decades of hostility to find a new relationship between the United States and the island nation just 90 miles off the American coast.

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In addition, the United States will ease restrictions on remittances, travel and banking relations, and Cuba will release 53 Cuban prisoners identified as political prisoners by the United States government. Although the decades-old American embargo on Cuba will remain in place for now, the president called for an “honest and serious debate about lifting” it.

“These 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked,” Mr. Obama said. “It’s time for a new approach.”

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This is the beginning of the end for the embargo on Cuba. 

I was incredibly fortunate in being able to (legitimately) travel to Cuba on a cultural exchange visa in 2013. There is literally no place like it on earth -- the last outpost of the Communist error, only just now being tickled by market forces. 

I snapped this picture on my first day there, when the other photographers on our trip had gone indoors to escape the rain. I opened my eyes on this scene, and realized I had arrived in a very different place. 

Once travel is normalized, there will be many tourists. 

My advice to you is to just go. Go as soon as you can, because the Cuba even a year from now will be a different place than the one it was. 

And to all my friends in Cuba: I am so happy for you!
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    Information Security Engineer, 2007 - present
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    Global Network Exploitation and Vulnerability Analyst, 2001 - 2007
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    Security - Extreme Blue Intern, 2002 - 2002
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