+1 Privacy

The +1 feature is Google’s answer to Facebook’s “Like” button. As with the Facebook “Like” feature, if you click the “+1” button for an article you like from another website, Google+ will post that link to your stream. Unlike Facebook, Google+ makes it easy to control who will see that link depending. As with many security and privacy issues, it all comes back to your circles – who’s in them and which circles you decide to share +1 links with. Pay attention to how your “+1” votes are being published and think twice before allowing one to go to all your followers (Google+’s default).

The +1 feature is Google’s answer to Facebook’s “Like” button. As with the Facebook “Like” feature, if you click the “+1” button for an article you like from another website, Google+ will post that link to your stream. Unlike Facebook, Google+ makes it easy to control who will see that link depending. As with many security and privacy issues, it all comes back to your circles – who’s in them and which circles you decide to share +1 links with. Pay attention to how your “+1” votes are being published and think twice before allowing one to go to all your followers (Google+’s default). Also, while your specific followers will only see your “+1” rankings if you let them, Google has let users know that it may “aggregate statistics related to users’ +1 activity with the public, [their] users, and partners, such as publishers, advertisers, or connected sites.” In other words, your votes may be hidden from your followers, but they’re not hidden from Google or its advertising partners!

Suggested articles

2020 Cybersecurity Trends to Watch

Mobile becomes a prime phishing attack vector, hackers will increasingly employ machine learning in attacks and cloud will increasingly be seen as fertile ground for compromise.

Top Mobile Security Stories of 2019

Cybercrime increasingly went mobile in 2019, with everything from Apple iPhone jailbreaks and rogue Android apps to 5G and mobile-first phishing dominating the news coverage. Here are Threatpost’s Top 10 mobile security stories of 2019.

Discussion

Subscribe to our newsletter, Threatpost Today!

Get the latest breaking news delivered daily to your inbox.