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Google+ is Finally Shutting Down

Google's parent company Alphabet finally decided to shut down Google Plus.  According to the report the decision came after more than 500,000 users of the least popular social media site had been compromised.

Google+ Cyber Security Compromise

Finding 1: There are significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ product that meets consumers’ expectations.
Action 1: We are shutting down Google+ for consumers. - Google Blog
The findings discovered that about 438 apps could have access to full names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation and relationship status through a bug on Goog;e.

Google was advised not to reveal the comp[romise which was discovered as ready as 2015. Because of pending US congressional testimony and increasing regulations, Alphabet was forced to release the statement and close Google+ for good.

What will happen to Google+?

According to the announcement, Google will be stopping most third-party developers from accessing Android phone SMS data, call logs, and some contact info. Gmail will restrict building add-ons to a small number of developers. Google+ will cease all its consumer services while winding down over the next 10-months with an opportunity for users to export their data while Google refocuses on making G+ an enterprise product.

To give people a full opportunity to transition, we will implement this wind-down over a 10-month period, slated for completion by the end of next August. Over the coming months, we will provide consumers with additional information, including ways they can download and migrate their data. - Google Blog

Google will also change its Account Permissions system for giving third-party apps access to your data such that you have to confirm each type of access individually rather than all at once. Gmail Add-Ons will be limited to those “directly enhancing email functionality”, including email clients, backup, CRM, mail merge, and productivity tools.

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