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Social networking sites a ticking security time bomb?

Posted on Sunday, October 08 2006 @ 05:00:23 CEST by

A survey raises the concert that fraud, identity theft and computer spyware and viruses combined with negligent user behaviour could flourish on social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook.
Finding new friends, communication and trust are a big factor in the success of social networking websites. However, but a false sense of security among participants could have dramatic consequences, according to a survey released today by CA and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). The study, which exclusively focused on online behavior of users and analyzed the answers of 2163 respondents, found that 57% of users of social networking sites and who are actually concerned about potential security risks still reveal critical information. Almost three out of four users, 74%, already have given out some sort of personal information, such as their e-mail address, name, birthday and even their social security number.
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