The Rising Social Networking Security Threat

Identity thieves and impersonators are maintaining more opportunities as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social networking websites grow into a communication platform that hundreds of millions of users rely on. Today, one of the serious issues taking place on social networking websites is that almost all people post personal information and claim that there is a lack of privacy maintenance.

Facebook, for instance, is one of those websites where if one thought about how it all began, one would think “how come I didn’t think of that before?” Facebook was one of the social networking websites that rose from an academic website in the year 2004 into a global empire.

Facebook is considered one of the straightforward social networking websites, where typical pages provide activities, thoughts, and pictures. Its security community is where security projects and groups are kept track of, but still potential attackers are provided with a convenient channel for information. Most computer criminals and pen testers target such a simpler way rather than waste their time chipping away at firewalls.

A timeline of gradual erosion regarding the privacy policy on Facebook was recently produced by The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The Facebook user’s privacy should be given the higher priority that the commercial values of the website’s hoard of personal data.

Most Facebook users worry since the option is typically “let everyone be part of this.” The main problem with such a default option though is that there are many users who actually allow “friends of friends” or even every person on his/her list to access the profile and anything on it.

The lack of security taking place on have reached to point where critics are recommending quitting Facebook altogether. I don’t think it should reach such a peak, and instead I suggest that any user should at least be aware of the fact that anything s/he publishes will at some point or another become public knowledge.

It is claimed that Facebook is going with the trend, and the attitude of those people who are concerned about their privacy and security on such websites is changing. The following might be true, even though I’ve yet to find a user on Facebook who is satisfied when it comes to informing them about the privacy of their information, and it was proven through recent US research that young internet users are concerned about their privacy and quite sensitive about it.

The attitude towards privacy that is taken for granted by Facebook, which I just referred to above, is not considered an excuse for using ‘wide open’ defaults. As much as it applies to network access, ‘default deny’ should apply to social information. Although they are more likely to remain popular, social networks could at one point or another become immediately antisocial if privacy isn’t carefully managed.