Google+ Breached Again!
Several months ago, Google announced that they would be shutting down their failed social network Google+. The news came after a security flaw was discovered in that portion of the Google network. A flaw that Google claimed to have fixed before making the announcement. Since most people had been ignoring Google+ anyway, the shutdown became a punchline rather than concern over the security flaw.
Fast forward to Monday, December 10th – and Google announces a data breach within Google+ that has exposed information related to 52.5 million users. While no passwords or user names were at risk, Google will allow that “some users were impacted”. They have also moved the termination date of the Google+ platform from August to April of next year.
You should already know to keep your passwords up to date, and change them whenever such a breach occurs. So, I’m not going to remind you of that. Though I will say to take the next step before doing so. You should first just go ahead and delete your Google+ profile. Why stay at risk?
Delete Your Google+ Account
It’s almost as easy to delete your Google+ profile as it is to chuckle about having to do so…
- Log in to your Google+ account via plus.google.com.
- On mobile: Click the hamburger menu (those three horizontal lines) in the upper left corner of the screen. On desktop: Go to the menu on the left of the screen.
- Select the Settings option.
- Scroll down to the Account section and select Delete Your Google+ Profile. (It’s at the very bottom of the page.)
- Verify your password, check the box that acknowledges you wish to delete your account, and then click the Delete button.
Now, you can change your Google password in peace knowing that at least this breach is out of your way.
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