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Unknown search terms

From the wordpress.com Stats support page:

UPDATE: In September 2013 Google started to rapidly expand the number of searches that it encrypts, which results in a higher proportion of “Unknown search terms” in your stats. According to some sources, this expansion will eventually result in encryption of all Google searches. This is being done for privacy reasons by Google when someone searches at Google.com, before a visitor arrives at your WordPress.com site. Therefore we don’t have any way to unhide the search terms. We recognize this means a loss of stats information for you and we will look for other ways to show you how users arrived at your site.

Any blog owner would love to see the search terms leading to his blog, but I damn respect Google’s decision. Been using Google’s encrypted version for some time, but 99% of the people don’t know of its existence. And it seems now you don’t need to anymore.

bacon number priyanka chopra

I’m considering setting Google as the default search engine again. They have added the bacon number game to google.com. Just type in

bacon number movie-star-name-here

to Google and it’ll calculate the Bacon number for you.

Both Priyanka Chopra and Jim Parsons have a Bacon number of 2, while it’s 1 for Ellen Page!

2 step verification for Google

If you haven’t activated 2-step verification for Google / Gmail already, it’s high time you did. 2-step verification essentially requires you to provide two proofs to show that you are actually you. After getting the password correct, you’ll get an SMS with a verification code which you have to enter to sign in. In case the phone is lost, no cellular coverage, etc you can add recovery options.

Why bother? Because you never know when your account’s gonna get compromised, and when you do, you’d wish you were dead.