This week’s I.T. and tech roundup looks at the fall of a social media network, the potential rise of malware due to Game of Thrones and how leaving the EU could mean a new cybersecurity regime for the UK. Let’s jump in to some of the stories you may have missed this week.
Google waves goodbye to Google+
Google has begun officially shutting down its failed social media platform Google+ this week. After its launch in 2011 the network was expected to compete with leading social media channels, but it never quite played out like that. Even after Google pushed Google+ on YouTube users it still didn’t take off in the way that was hoped and as early as the end of 2011 analysists were already writing it off.
Whilst plenty of people initially signed up for the network, the problem was that very few were using it in comparison to the likes of Facebook, Twitter and later Instagram.
Social media consultant, Matt Navarra, commented recently that he believed it was always destined to fail, citing: "Issues with an unwieldy and changeable UI [user interface], being the latecomer versus giants like Facebook, a disjointed user experience, and rumours of internal disagreements about how Google+ would be leveraged"
Did you ever use Google+? Read more on the story here.
Malware is coming – be wary of Game of Thrones downloads
The final series of hit show Game of Thrones is just around the corner however, for those who don’t have HBO or Sky Atlantic, downloading episodes is often an alternative but risky option.
Reports have suggested that downloadable Game of Thrones episodes across the web could contain malware, with cybercriminals targeting the global demand for the show to capitalise on an opportunity in 2019.
Despite no new episodes airing last year, research has found that 20,934 users were attacked in 2018 downloading Game of Thrones online – a testament to the show’s popularity and the vulnerability of online downloaders.
Read more via ITProPortal.
Leaving the EU could mean a new cybersecurity regime for the UK
ComputerWeekly reported this week, that leaving the EU may mean a new cybersecurity regime for the UK. The longstanding relationship regarding cybersecurity between the UK and Europe is likely to be affected after Brexit and businesses should be aware of the potential changes.
Touching on EU cyber-related standards and personal data, the ComputerWeekly summary takes a look at various areas which could see change after Brexit and provides advice in these uncertain times.
If you’re a business owner or work within the I.T. sector it’s worth taking a look. Learn more here.
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