Precautions while using Social Networking Sites
What security implications do these sites present
Social networking sites rely on connections and communication, so they encourage you to provide a certain amount of personal information. When deciding how much information to reveal, people may not exercise the same amount of caution as they would when meeting someone in person because 1the internet provides a sense of anonymity. 2The lack of physical interaction provides a false sense of security. 3they tailor the information for their friends to read, forgetting that others may see it. 4they want to offer insights to impress potential friends or associates. While the majority of people using these sites do not pose a threat, malicious people may be drawn to them because of the accessibility and amount of personal information thats available. The more information malicious people have about you, the easier it is for them to take advantage of you. Predators may form relationships online and then convince unsuspecting individuals to meet them in person. That could lead to a dangerous situation. The personal information can also be used to conduct a social engineering attack. Using information that you provide about your location, hobbies, interests, and friends, a malicious person could impersonate a trusted friend or convince you that they have the authority to access other personal or financial data.