Social networking and security risks

Introduction

However, as with any new tool or application, it is always important to keep an eye on the Social networking. Each of these tools has its own set of security vulnerabilities that can put your information systems and/or personal data at risk. This white paper analyzes some of these risks and identifies potential solutions to protect you, your personal information, and your business data.

Of the three social networks, Facebook is generally considered the most casual; Twitter and LinkedIn are widely used   for professional purposes. LinkedIn lets you add connections, Twitter creates followers, and Facebook has friends.

Facebook

Three of Facebook’s most popular features are the ability to add friends, update your status, and run apps like games and quizzes. A “friend” is someone on the Facebook Social networking who lets you see different levels of personal information, such as work, date of birth, photos, group membership, comments, and a list of other friends. You can even play online games and keep others updated about your daily life.

Friends can also see Friends of Friends, which means that people you’ve officially become friends with and perhaps you’ve never met can see your personal information and where it’s located.

Twitter

Twitter is an online application that allows you to post short comments (tweets) on any topic. Other Twitter network users can become followers of your tweets so they receive updates when you send them.

Twitter and Facebook users should pay close attention to what personal information they tweet and how it can be used. Employers should pay special attention to published information and how it can affect their business.


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