Saturday, February 13, 2010

Alert and Caution on the Security threats to Social Networking sites

Consistent with any other facets of public life, it is prudent to be alert of the anti-social activities in this exploding public domain. The higher enrollment and traffic (reported by the networking sites) may account to the rise in security threats as well.
Here is a summary of Sophos report -

  • 57% of users report they have been spammed via social networking sites, a rise of 70.6% from last year
  • 36% reveal they have been sent malware via social networking sites, a rise of 69.8% from last year
  • 72% of firms surveyed are worried that employee usage of social networking sites places their firms at risk
  • Survey respondents identified Facebook as the social networking site posing the greatest security risks
  • 49% of companies survey allow their employees unrestricted access to Facebook, up from 36% a year ago

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