Google Using Outdated Tech
Everybody and their brother uses Gmail. It is the most popular email platform in the world and growing. With over a billion accounts and counting, the service is not a small one. However, the problems associated with it are. Google recently announced it stopped scanning emails for ad content. This is a good step. However, it followed the terrifying prospect that Google indirectly read each one of your emails. Put in the NSA and the Prism program and you can see where this heads.
Furthermore, Google has another major privacy issue. Its Gmail service uses outdated SMS confirmation tech. This involves a code sent to your phone to see if it’s really you. What happens if you lose your phone? What happens if it’s stolen? Well, then the crook might have access to everything all at once.
Seeking Alpha reported on the case. Gmail hasn’t made any steps to solve the issue yet. Security and privacy experts fear the amount of data in Gmail servers accessible to outside forces. This opens up your account for identity theft.
Google has a long and negative track record on such issues. It sold the info of credit card holders for ad purposes. It also tracked such accounts offline. Each one is a major breach of trust. Even with the recent announcement, it’s not sure things will change.
Changes Needed for Consumers from the Bottom Up
Let’s review this list: outdated tech? Check. Poor use of such info? Check. Invasive privacy concerns? Double check? Google has a long way to go. Furthermore, the company has a lot of consumers to please. We will be on the case, explaining the situation as more unfolds.
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