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Social Network Users More Vulnerable To Security Risks

Lack basic security measures

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The majority of social networking users are vulnerable to online security problems with less than one third taking actions to protect themselves, according to a new survey by AVG and the CMO Council.

According to the poll results most social network users fail to perform the following basic security measures on a regular basis:

  • Changing passwords (64 percent infrequently or never)
  • Adjusting privacy settings (57 percent infrequently or never)
  • Informing their social network administrator (90 percent infrequently or never)
Donovan Neale-May, Executive Director, CMO Council
Donovan Neale-May
Executive Director
CMO Council

"As social networking populations grow globally and the proliferation of niche social networks and mobile offerings extends the reach of social communities, the threats and vulnerabilities are escalating accordingly," said Donovan Neale-May, executive director of the CMO Council.

"More frequent breaches and outbreaks on popular social sites are a testament to the need for a more preventative mindset and threat-alert culture among community users."

Other security risks to social networking users include:

  • 21 percent accept contact offerings from members they don’t recognize
  • More than half let acquaintances or roommates access social networks on their machines
  • 64 percent click on links offered by community members or contacts
  • 26 percent share files within social networks

Because of the widespread increase of links, files, and unsolicited contacts, users have experienced high levels of breaches and threats:

  • Nearly 20 percent have experienced identity theft
  • 47 percent have been victims of malware infections
  • 55 percent have seen phishing attacks

"The fact that users understand the risks, and yet are failing to take the basic steps to protect themselves presents an interesting challenge to companies, like AVG, that are working to create a safer cyber community," said Siobhan MacDermott, Head of Public Policy, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, AVG Technologies.

Social Network Users More Vulnerable To Security Risks


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  • http://www.homesolarpowersystems.org Home Solar Power Systems

    The best solution is “Prevention is better than cure” for users of any such Social networking websites.
    Try not to disclose your details as much and provide only the relevant ones. It will take sometime to have things more secured.

  • http://4solarpower.net Bob

    I believe there is a tendency to be more trusting when you think you are in a safe environment such as a social networking site. You are amongst friends, right?

    Clearly we still need to be on our guard.

  • http://www.geekmoz.com JimMoz

    Using a good security question is important as well. If you use a question where people can find the answer on the Internet then you’ll probably have a security issue down the road. If a website offers to let you use your own security question, comes up with some wacky question/answer combo that only you could possibly know.

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