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I, like many iTandCoffee clients who have contacted me, received an email from Google+ yesterday - as shown in the image above.
The questions I have been asked are "Is it legitimate?", "What is Google+", "Do I have this Google+' and "What should I do?".
Here are some answers.
Is the email legitimate?
Yes, the email legitimate - and comes from firstname.lastname@example.org.
(I do worry that there will soon be 'spoofed' scam emails that imitate this one, so be on the lookout and be very careful of clicking links. Here's an earlier article we published on how to check if email links are legitimate: How to work out where an email link is really going to take you.)
What is Google+?
Google+ was Google's social media challenger to Facebook, launched in 2011. Anyone with a Google (or Gmail) account may also have a Google+ page (even if they did not realise it!).
Alphabet (Google) have now decided to shut down Google+ in April 2019.
If you have ever used your Google+ page - and perhaps uploaded photos to share - you will need to consider if you want to download the photos and data from this page before it is shut down in April.
Do I have a Google + page?
If you received the email, then you do have a Google+ page - whether you have used it or not.
You may only have a Google+ page because you inadvertently clicked a button at some point, which will have automatically set it up for you.
If you are asking what Google+ is, then it is unlikely you every used it. Very few people actually used Google+ - hence Alphabet's decision to shut it down. A data breach in 2018 has reportedly expedited its demise.
I just checked my own Google+ page (yes I had one) and found that the only thing I ever posted on it was the iTandCoffee logo.
What should I do about it?
Most people can just ignore the message and/or delete it.
If you have ever used Google+, you will need to decide if you want to download the photos and data that is held there. Follow the download and save link in the email to do this.
Need further advice on this?
iTandCoffee can help if you need further assistance with this one (or other issues/questions). Appointments can be booked by calling 1300 885 420 or online at itandcoffee.com.au/help-with-technology.
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