Internet safety has been in the news a lot lately and most of the news hasn't been very good. When the United States government recommends that people stay away from Internet Explorer because it is not secure enough, then you know that things are getting serious. We all know that Microsoft is a major player in Internet platforms with Internet Explorer and Bing, but what about Google platforms?
Google security will continue to be a hot topic so long as Internet safety is a concern because millions of people use Google platforms every day. Let's take a look at the more prominent Google products and see if the security standards are enough to keep your information and your computer safe.
Chrome is Google's Internet browser and it is getting extremely popular with users all over the world. One of the features that users like about Chrome is that it flags malicious websites and prevents users from accessing those sites, but sometimes Chrome misses a few sites and that causes issues. For example, websites with the .TK extension tend to have more malicious viruses and spyware than any other kind of extension, but Chrome falls short when it comes to assigning warning flags to .TK websites. To be fair to Google, malicious website owners are getting very good at hiding their viruses, and Chrome does have a higher success rate at weeding out viruses on websites with any extension than most other browsers.
Chrome has a unique layered approach that makes it much more secure than any other browser available. Each part of the browser is separate and has its own security features, which makes Chrome a very secure browser under any circumstance.
What about Google's email product known as Gmail? There was a time, right around 2009, that Google was taking a beating in the press about its Gmail product and its Google security procedure in general. But as time has gone by, Google has learned how to make its email vehicle as safe as it can. Email, in general, tends to be an unstable platform for critical information, but Gmail has become much better at filtering out dangerous spam and scanning the malicious email attachments that can render your computer useless.
When you talk to experienced bloggers about using Google's Blogger platform, they will usually tell you that the weak point in Blogger's security is its users. Blogger itself has a series of verification processes that every user must go through to log into their account, and the blogs themselves are also secured using the latest in anti-hacking software. As long as a user exercises the proper amount of caution as outlined in the user tools supplied by Google, then Blogger is a safe platform.
Google+ is Google's social media platform that it uses to tie all of its other products together. Bloggers are encouraged to become verified authors on Google+ to expand the reach of their posts, and Gmail users can log directly into their Google+ account through their Gmail dashboard.
Google+ is encrypted and has a security certificate attached to it as well. Google uses the same level of security to protect your information on Google+ that a bank would use to protect your online transactions. As social media platforms go, Google+ is extremely secure.
Google is well aware of the challenges that face social media and its users. If you read Google's security blog entries, you will see that Google keeps a very close eye on what is going on in the cyberworld and does everything it can to make your data, and your computer, as safe as possible.