Since Google was first created, hackers have found ways to gain access to its databases to access private information, but not all hacking is malicious and dangerous like the movies and newspapers suggest – there are indeed some very useful and fun ‘hacks’ that anybody can do without an extensive knowledge of scripting codes or website security. The hacks mentioned below are for sensible use only.
- Freely edit a Google Chrome web page (it won’t save your changes!)
- Turn your Gmail storage into a desktop hard drive
This is perhaps the simplest and most useful of Gmail hacks, Windows users just need to download the Gmail shell drive extension below. This will allow you to move files onto your Gmail account as if it were an external hard disk drive.
- Intitle / inurl searches
Hackers generally target vulnerable websites with errors as it shows a lack of security in the website infrastructure (which suggest there may be loopholes and open back doors to the website), simple Google searches can be made such as ‘intitle:error’ to display all websites that contain the word ‘Error’ in the title, similar searches can also be made for websites that have not no-indexed their password or username list files – It is worrying how quickly one can obtain sensitive data using such queries.
Note to webmasters: disallow your 404 error page, password.txt files, and other sensitive data pages in your robots.txt file, or add a ‘meta no index tag’ to prevent these web pages appearing in search results.
- View and control live webcams
By searching the following text in the Google search box you will notice thousands of live webcam feeds appear in the Google search results that you can view and in some cases even control. Keep in mind some of these feeds may not be created for public view and accessing a private feed may be considered illegal.
- Google feature themes
Finally, the most light-hearted and innocent Google trick of all (not really a hack!) is changing the theme of Google to one of its hidden features such as Google Klingon, or Google linux.
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