Social networking and security

An interesting article for the facts it reveals. Nearly at the end, the author, Aaron Greenpsan, reveals a breach of security which is pretty scary when thinking about identity theft. Apparently, Facebook’s security was so lax that users could download personal details of others without their consent. Several complaints did not initiate any response from the company, until Aaron brought it to the press. This behaviour calls for two comments: first, cybercrime is best avoided by security measures (i.e. technical measures); second, those social networking sites when security is inadequate represent an ideal platform for identity theft, increasing the potential of being a victim. “Facebook and the price of user privacy” (29 February 2008)http://resources.zdnet.co.uk/articles/comment/0,1000002985,39359153,00.htm

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About Audrey Guinchard

Senior Lecturer @ University of Essex (UK)
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