Security Threat Report 2011 - Slide 9

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What Puts You at Risk?

Facebook, by far the largest social networking system and the most targeted by cyber criminals, has a major problem in the form of its app system. Any user can create an application, with a wide range of powers to interact with data stored on user pages and cross-site messaging systems, and these applications, like survey scams, can then be installed and run on any users’ page.

In addition to the application problem, Facebook comes under regular criticism for its provision, implementation and explanation of user privacy features. Directions for setting privacy preferences are vague and unclear — if and when they’re provided. Plus, once uploaded, information and content may be difficult or impossible to remove. Facebook and other social network operators would be well advised to impose a comprehensive “opt-in” system for all user content.

We will remember 2010 as a year in which our interaction with technology — and with each other — evolved because of the widespread adoption of social media and the use of innovative mobile computing devices.

We are dependent on smart devices — just ask anyone who has lost their iPhone or BlackBerry. And whether you’re using a mobile device or a laptop or desktop computer, you’re likely to use social networks more than ever. This new technology changes the way we communicate with our friends, colleagues and customers. This not only revolutionizes the way we live our lives, but also blurs the lines that define the way we run our businesses and use and share information.

Today, users are the content. Driving the growth, and at the same time being driven by it, the explosion in mobile computing is expanding the impact of the social Web. And, the way that content is shared and accessed is now the core of a new global culture, affecting and combining the spheres of personal and business life.

Of course, this evolution of technology is closely tracked by the “bad guys” willing to exploit weaknesses in our technologies and in human nature. Cyber criminals prey on our curiosity, and perhaps our vulnerability and gullibility, and use psychological traps to profit from unsuspecting technology users. Malware scams and exploits targeting social networking websites, applications, devices, and users proliferate. At the same time, traditional attacks continue to become more sophisticated to target the most advanced software, hardware and websites.

In this slideshow, we highlight the more significant security threats identified by Sophos in 2010 and outline critical access points that need to be guarded against future threats.

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