A significant step by Google after 500k user accounts compromised. Google plus shutdown to take place within a buffer of ten months: Google notifies all.
Key Highlights – Google Plus Shutdown
- Owing to data delict, Google announces the shutdown of it’s connecting feature Google plus.
- Rolling Controls over the Gmail accounts
- Security measure to monitor data leaks to third-party apps.
The Slow Demise – Google Plus Shutdown
Google back in 2011, launched its simple feature named Google plus to challenge Mark Zuckerberg’s social app Facebook. Though the former never touched the bar set by Facebook yet managed to thrive for seven years. The gradual sinking is acceptable but what alarms all is the fact that nearly 500k accounts compromised a massive data breach.
A report published by the Wall Street Journal affirms that Google was aware of this breach since March this year. And to your surprise, the bug thrives since 2015 this justifies the number of accounts. Nevertheless, what stuns all is Google not taking a step against the bug. Google fears triggering the regulatory steps: the report confirms. Users neither expect to accept such irresponsible behavior. Knowing the flaw and keeping mum, Google raises questions.
Google’s Take Over Google Plus Shutdown
Google is aware of the fact that Google plus does not have huge engagement. Around 90% of the user access last as long as five seconds. Google chose to keep up with the account owing to the need of conversation among it workers in the corporate world. But, after the revelation of the bug, Google is now on the path to rule out new safety measures. Google says: We are currently focusing on the secured network in the social world, but the credibility of the statement stands doubtful.
A Buffer Of 10 Months Before Google Plus Lapses
Google has set up a time Buffer of ten months to Google plus shutdown. Because most of the accounts of users are affected by the flaw and that there is a possibility of data exposure to the outside world, Google announces the sunset of Google Plus with ten months.
A bug in the software lead to unauthorized access to the account of users, but Google states that the bug was fixed earlier.
The shares of the owner of Google, Alphabet Inc suffer a drastic decline of 2.6%.
The software glitch has affected the data as the age, gender, and occupation, address of the user: Google assured all.
BREAKING: Google opted not to disclose its discovery of a bug in Google+ that exposed the data of hundreds of thousands of users, a WSJ review found
— WSJ Tech (@WSJTech)
We found no evidence that any developer was aware of this bug or abusing the API, and we found no evidence that any Profile data was misused,” Google said.
Another report of WSJ suggests that if Google leaks the information earlier then it calls for a comparison with the data leak of Facebook’ and so Google preferred staying mum. The bug notified Google CEO but he, also stated by the company’s decisions. To support their decisions, a Google spokesman said that there was no evidence of the bug and none of the developers were aware of the glitch hence they refrained from leaking the bug. But now, its time for Google plus shutdown.
What’s Next From Google?
- Regulating API access to prevent unauthorized access to the data on Android devices.
- Introducing User Data Policy to limit apps gain access over user data.
- Developers would not receive calls or SMS permission on all Android devices.
- Apps that enhanced functionality only have the power to gain access to data.
Google initiates all of the above steps and names it as project strobe after announcing google plus shutdown. This will regulate ways a third party gain access to user data and data to Android apps. It’s time to bid adieu to Google Plus.