It is no big surprise that Google+ is a powerful social media tool that was introduced by Google seven years ago. But, on Oct 2018 Google decided to roll down the consumer version Google+ in the next coming months as it revealed a privacy bug in the API for Google+. This bug has uncovered not just the information of its clients who had conceded authorization but also that of their companions to third-party application developers. However, Google says there is no proof that any profile data was misused.
It is trusted that around 500, 000 clients could have been influenced by the bug. The company expressed that the glitch was constrained to the optional profile fields, for example, the client’s name, email address, age and gender, occupation, and no other territory or services, for example, Google+ posts, Google account information, G Suite content or telephone numbers.
The primary reason why Google announce to close Google+ is the increase in websites bounce rate as 90% of Google+ user sessions is less than five seconds. Therefore, because of security issues and lack of use, Google is closing down Google+ in the coming months.
A Quick Rundown On The Security Breach
During a security audit, Google discovered the following:
- A bug in one of the Google+ people APIs implied that applications likewise approached profile fields that were shared with the user, but not marked as public.
- The data breach does include some other information a client may have presented or associated on Google+ or any other service.
- The bug was found and promptly fixed in March 2018.
- The profiles of up to 500,000 Google+ accounts were conceivably influenced.
- Google can’t affirm which clients were particularly affected by this bug.
- There’s no proof that any developer knew about this bug or abusing the API.
- There’s no proof that any profile information was abused.
Yes, Google accepted that Google+ has failed to accomplish wide consumer or developer adoption niche since it was introduced in the online market. The reviews say that more information will be available over the coming months to disclose the ways how the affected users can download and move their information to keep it protected.
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