Khaled rambles technology, tea/coffee, consumer rights and other interest from Saudi Arabia

April 24, 2008

Another reason why proxy caching is bad for you

Filed under: Saudi Internet — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 1:57 am

It is possible for youtube accounts to get compromised in the UAE thanks for the web cache. Reported here first apparently.

The issue has been replicated by the editorial teams of both itp.net and Windows Arabic maagzine. In testing, the user profiles that were visible were for users that had logged into YouTube only a few hours previously, suggesting that the pages have been cached by either Google or Etisalat’s own servers, and were somehow being accessed in error through the cache.

This is an issue that I also face here in Saudi Arabia with my current ISP Sahara. Where some sites (especially uncommon ones) gets cached and I can see the page from a few days ago. It is worse when listening to podcasts as well, as I have to either modify the URL (by adding a question mark for example) or connecting through another ISP to “refresh” the cache.

It is pretty much a source of frustration for me and I hope I never have to deal with unnecessary caching.