Security breaches that end up closing doors
The one that was the social network of the most used search engine in the world, that was created with the intention of competing to giants like Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp, will say goodbye in a few months due to a security scandal impossible to ignore: a failure in the system that uncovered the data of at least 500,000 users, a situation already admitted in their own blog.
Users can continue accessing the platform until the date of total closure, in August 2019, and Google itself has enabled Google Take out to make it easier for all people to recover the information shared in their profile.
All data that was on Google+, including: name, date of birth, occupation, gender, profile photo and email, have been exposed, regardless of whether were configured as private or public, although the company has reported that there is no evidence that some third party has been able to take advantage of this security breach that, according to various sources, has been open from 2015 to March 2018.
Wall Street Journal says that Google, even knowing the problem, did not want to go public when it was discovered because of the fear of the repercussions that this could have after Facebook and Cambridge Analytica´s scandal. The non-reporting of this event by the company violates the new Data Protection Law (GDPR) which will lead to a very possible sanction by the European Union.
What Google will do is keep its version for companies and professionals, Google My Business, which seems to have a good audience, and implement a series of new features to increase its security on the platform, modifying its permissions policy in the accounts, and limiting third parties access to gmail data and apps that can receive authorizations via sms.
As a result of these cases, as consumers, we are increasingly aware of the great value of our personal data, being the target of cybercriminals, or the traffic between companies that manage them or towards third parties.
Until now, the way to protect our personal information was based on the use of more or less complex passwords, pin numbers, or disposable emails for certain records.
Nowadays there are other forms of protection and management of personal data online, such as open verified identification platforms, created to give its users the convenience of getting rid of passwords and easily hackable names, and having total control over their personal data and information and the companies or institutions with which they share them, thus avoiding any case of identity fraud, thanks to the unequivocal identification that facilitates an online access based on biometric parameters such us fingerprints or facial recognition.