Social Networking Sites…A Boon or a Curse???

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Social Networks Are Becoming a Security Risk…is the new result of a new survey conducted by Sophos.com.

In the last year, 57% of users report they have been spammed via social networking sites, an increase of 70.6% compared to last year. Furthermore, 36% of users claim they’ve been sent malware via social networking sites, which is a rise of 69.8% from last year.

On the other hand, CEOs of companies are concerned that their employees’ usage of social networks is posing a security risk for their company. Sophos has surveyed more than 500 organizations, discovering that 72% of them think social networks are a danger for their companies, with 60% of them tagging Facebook as the biggest security risk, followed by MySpace,Twitter and LinkedIn.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos, says that Facebook is the biggest threat because it’s the biggest social network out there, but he also places some of the blame on Facebook’s own privacy rules. “When Facebook rolled-out its new recommended privacy settings late last year, it was a backwards step, encouraging many users to share their information with everybody on the internet,” he says.

Time for you to decide whether this Social Networking is useful or….other way round?

+Kerry Tiwana is a full time tech savvy blogger, author and founder of TechMafia, you can follow him on Facebook.

1 Comment to Social Networking Sites…A Boon or a Curse???

  1. Great site you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any user discussion forums that cover the same topics talked about here?
    I’d really love to be a part of community where I can get suggestions from other knowledgeable individuals that share the same interest.
    If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Thanks
    a lot!

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