Business success is not automatic, not even for top tech giant Google who recently announced plans to close their Social Media platform Google+
Google+ has suffered for some time with the tough competition in the social media world and clearly failing to keep up.
You would think a Tech Giant like Google to be able to be able to make a success of a social media platform which was originally launched in 2011 as an attempt to compete in the Social Media market. despite initial encouraging signs the platform struggled and underwent a major redesign in 2015.
Following the announcement back in October 2018 of the closure, came another announcement in December that a bug in their API had been found which exposed personal data of its users. talk about the final nail in the coffin! Google did not initially declare this vulnerability. although they claim no 3rd party exploited the bug during the 6 days it was left unfixed.
Google has now contacted all its G+ customers with advise and instructions about the shutting down of the platform and how users can collect personal images from their profiles before it is taken offline.
In a world of Fake News, online shopping and Social Media can you really trust your search engine?
Do they really give you honest answers to your searches?
How do you know if your top search answer really is the best one?
Is the information you searched for genuine or is it sponsored by someone standing to make a lot of money?
The truth is you cant be sure entirely, so you should never completely trust any search engine. Don’t assume they will give you honest, unbiased, information without hidden agenda’s. But maybe you are all worn down by it and googled out? Maybe you don’t care anymore?
What can you do
We recommend that you start making changes to counter this kind of browser espionage and start implementing your own counter measures.
The first thing to do is to change your Search engine. Find a search engine which Does not track your movements.
Secondly find a search engine that does not present you with search answers from its own Subsidiaries or partners to try and trap you in their web of profit making.
We recommend you change your search engine to DuckDuckGo on all your devices They don’t track you and they won’t present their own interests to you but give unbiased answers
Here is a great article that explains in more details by Gabriel Weinberg, CEO & Founder of DuckDuckgo.
And yes we did start this article by saying don’t trust anyone entirely but in our experience, DuckDuckGo lives up to its pledges.