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Google+ and Corrections - Security and Social Networks

posted Nov 10, 2011, 7:13 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 21, 2011, 7:18 AM ]
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With the recent release of Google+ for Google Apps users, it opened up a wide world of communication and collaboration features to Google Apps users, businesses, and organizations. 

The question now is how to make Google+ available and usable for the social and collaborative needs of the corrections industry? Right now, Google+ presents some security risks to be considered especially with corrections professionals in mind. For example: any sharing of posts, docs, links, or photos can be shared across all of Google+, even outside your Google Apps domain. 

That's not to say that Google+ isn't applicable, in fact, the exact opposite. As soon as Google+ security concerns are answered (and I'm sure Google is hard at work providing some new security measures for Google Apps users), the use of Google+ Circles will be a great advantage in the office space. Google+ makes sharing, collaboration, and communication extremely easy with allowing users to 'self-admin' their posts through the use of custom Circles. 

Let's hope that Google surprises us soon with added Google Apps domain security features for Google+!

 R. Carnie Littlefield is a designer and developer of training materials and Director of Google Deployment at CTG: Corrections Technology Group.