Social networking sites are websites designed for human interaction. They enable users to meet others; keep in touch with them; and share experiences, feelings, and opinions. They are all built on a similar foundation?the user builds a network of contacts bound by an element of trust. The user then creates content for his/her friends and, in turn, accesses the content they have created. This content can include such diverse things as holiday pictures, interesting links, latest news, opinions, comments, and mood updates.
The potential for mischief and malicious activities arises when one or more of those contacts breaks your trust. When that happens, a number of things can go wrong such as:
This document will cover the most common areas of attack using social networks and will recommend ways of mini�mizing risks. The goal is not to stop you from participating in social networks but to enable you to use them more safely.
The following are examples risks in social networks:
The following are ways to minimize risks in social networks: