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Month: December 2014

Is Google monitoring your WordPress dashboard via Google Fonts?

Is Google monitoring your WordPress dashboard via Google Fonts?

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Since Wordpress 3.8, Google’s webfonts have been used in the core WP build, including WP Admin Panel. The fonts are not served from within WP itself, but served by Google webfonts through fonts.googleapis.com. What does this provide Google with? A cookie is not placed, however: When the user accesses the site, Google can collect the header data of the connection request, which includes Google's cookies. Because of this, Google can find out if your relationship to the site is as a admin/website owner that logs onto the site, or just a “random visitor”. If your cookie ID then makes use of certain other sites, Google can connect your admin status of the site, to your Google accounts. I have long been a happy user of the Genesis framework, but unfortunately all their themes also mak