Another day and another data breach. New York Times calls out Google for exposing "the private data of hundreds of thousands of users of the Google+ social network and then opted not to disclose the issue this past spring, in part because of fears that doing so would draw regulatory scrutiny and reputational damage".
Google 'feared repercussions'. Really?
What caused the data breach? A security bug allowed third-party developers to access Google+ user profile data since 2015 until it was discovered and patched in March of 2018. But, it took them 6 months to finally report it to the public.
Really? Six months to make it public? Strike 2.....
Embarrassingly, Google admits their internal 'Project Strobe' security audit review also "crystallized what we’ve known for a while: that while our engineering teams have put a lot of effort and dedication into building Google+ over the years, it has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption" Really? Who knew! (shhhhh, almost everyone knew)
Get ready for a big announcement.. drum roll please..... Google+ is going to shut down in 2019.
Strike 3, Google+ is OUT..
That's OK, because no-one really used their Facebook wannabe anyway.
So, what the moral of the story?
While the Google data breach is small compared to the ones revealed by Facebook, your online security is something that you should take very seriously.
With every social media account you sign up for, every picture you post and status you update, you
are sharing information about yourself with social media companies and the world. Did you know there is not a 'delete' button on the internet? (Sometimes I really wish there was one)
So, how can you make sure that you, your family and your information stay safe online?
What are some Social Media cyber security tips you should be using?
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