Google+ Shut Down due to Data Breach, Could it Boost Brave Browser’s 4.6 Million MAU?

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Google+ Shut Down due to Data Breach, Could it Boost Brave Browser’s 4.6 Million MAU?

Brave Browser hit another milestone by reaching 4.6 million active monthly users which were 4 million in September beginning. Meanwhile, the search engine giant Google has shut down its Google Plus after the reports of data breach came out that the company neglected to tell anyone. Could this lead to more users for Brave?

Brave browser achieves 4.6 million monthly active users (MAU)

Just recently, Brave Browser’s co-founder and CEO of Brave, who also co-founded Mozilla and Firefox announced on Twitter that its monthly active users have hit the 4.6 million mark.

The open-source web browser has been constantly developing and adding users at a speed as in February this year, the number has been 1.4 million. Just last month, the monthly active users have been 4 million. However, not just users but publishers/creators are also on a constant rise.

One factor that can be attributed for this success of its recently launched an incentive-driven program where users are rewarded for watching selected ads on the Brave platform.

Now, it is a possibility the browser just might see a surge in its users as the popular search engine giant Google faces a lot of backlash for not notifying about the data breach on Google plus.

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Google Plus to shut down for exposing user data

According to the latest report by Wall Street Journal, earlier this year, Google discovered a software glitch that has the accounts of about 500,000 people compromised. Since 2015, the bug basically allowed third-party developers to access the private profile data.

Google found about the matter of exposed data in the spring but decided not to tell anyone, as per the report. The search giant said in a memo that in order to avoid public and regulatory scrutiny, it kept the whole situation under wraps.

The company noted that Google+ doesn’t have “broad consumer or developer adoption” and that 90% of its sessions are less than five seconds. But, it still has millions of users and a breach that affects the private information of people is a big deal. Though Google patched the vulnerability in March, and now shutting down the service along with implementing additional security features, having kept this a secret isn’t sitting well with the people.

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