That’s the end, finished, kaput. GooglePlus has finally closed for good.
Originally Google+ was touted to become an all encompassing social network which would shake Facebook and become its serious competitor.
Instead it never got the wings to really take off and the death knell came by way of the enormous data scandals of recent days which not only hit Facebook and cost them billions in fines, but as we now learn, Google has not been free of data leakage and they assess that half a million users’ private details have leaked into unauthorized hands.
According to the Wall Street Journal Google has known about this since March but has kept quiet about it. An internal memo which the paper has obtained shows that Google feared the political consequences of a disclosure. The company said that the problem wasn’t big enough to publicise, and that the data which was leaked wasn’t serious enough to make the breach public.
Last Monday Google nevertheless closed the whole GooglePlus setup.
This is a very short post because I’ve said it all before…
If you get the following message in an email from Google, please click here and read the article I posted back in February. Nothing has changed!
Our recommendation remains the same….if you have a Gmail account and use either Windows Live Mail, MS Outlook or Thunderbird, DO NOT CHANGE THIS SETTING.
Sadly you can’t stop these unnecessary and irritating messages from Google. Just delete the email.
This message is for everyone who is using Microsoft Outlook or Windows Live Mail
(or Thunderbird) together with their Gmail Account.
You have probably received a message from Google (firstname.lastname@example.org) in recent days. If you have, this is important so please read on…
The message subject is Resolve One Security Issues Found on your Google Account Continue reading
This is scary but may be not too far from how things are going to be…..
We can all get a bit nostalgic at times and yearn for an easier time, a happier time, a time when the sun always shone, or the world seemed a safer place.
We know, of course, that our memory of such times are dependant on our feelings, not our reason, and it has been thus for many a year.
Wishing ourselves back to that gentler time may seem just sentimental nostalgia, and in fact can be dangerous as it can create havoc not just as politics go [think Trump], but also in f.ex. medicine.
In the case of medicine the most important medical decisions are increasingly based NOT on your feelings of how ill or well you are, not even on informed predictions of your doctor, but on the calculations of computers who know you better than you know yourself. Think of DNA tests determining your likelihood of getting f.ex. breast cancer if you carry a particularly dangerous mutation of a gene and what the probability of you developing the cancer is. Even if you do not have cancer the determination may lead you do what Angelina Jolie did to pre-empt the disease.