In March, 2018, Google discovered that personal information belonging to as many as 500,000 Google+ users had been exposed. They did not relay this discovery to the general public until October of 2018! Google+ is Google’s attempt at social media marketing that never did rise to the popularity of Facebook. The service never rallied much of a following or seriously challenged the top player in social networking.
With our observance of Veterans Day and Armistice Day just ending and all the flags, thanks to our veterans and prayers for our military personnel on social media and beyond, I have an issue with Google and its obvious disrespect to those honored.
On June 11, 2018, Google launched their new updated Maps platform which now has a pay-as-you-go billing structure. So what does this mean if you currently use Google maps on your own website? The picture is not so good if you are a personal blogger or have small business website and you’re using Google maps to display your location or maybe a few places of interest.
The Android mobile software creator for Google, Andy Rubin, left the company in 2014 after an investigation into an allegation of an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate proved to be credible. Details about the exit are included in a report on October 25, 2018 by The New York Timeswhich says that Google paid Rubin a $90 million exit package. This was "Not Okay" with employees of Google and they staged a multi-nation walkout on November 1, 2018. The walkout was in protest to Google’s handling of Andy Rubin’s exit package as well as over 45 additional sexual harassment claims over the years.
I am all for a more secure Internet. When we browse the web, several third-parties are able to snoop on the connection between the user and the website, including the user’s ISP, law enforcement, the website’s ISP, and other people in between. These intermediaries are able to obtain and modify on the fly most of the information sent through an insecure connection: the website reached, the web page name and content, the potential username and password, the user’s IP address, and more. It obviously poses a lot of problems, which is why HTTPS is now mandatory for more and more websites. Using HTTP with SSL/TLS (HTTPS) hides much of information.