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Friday, August 22, 2008

42 Percent Have Logged on to Someone Else's Network

Last year, my mother and father gave me their old computer so I could take it apart and fool with it. When I was done, my mother insisted, I was to smash the hard drive.

Too much vital information on there, she said. Whatever, I thought.

Mom might be on to something, although judging by the statistics she should be more concerned about what's happening while she's logged on the computer.

An informal poll of 300 people found that 42 percent of those surveyed had at one time logged on a social network as someone else. That's a frighteningly high number.

It's more likely than you think, too. Although there's not much you can do about your significant other finding your password, there are some things you can watch while you're surfing the Web.

The bad thing about open platforms like Facebook, which allows anyone to develop software applications, is that you're never quite sure how secure the software is.

Now I don't want to go all Orwellian-Apple-Microsoft on you. Most of the type, open platforms are amongst the most secure because so many people are watching them; but when lots of people are playing, you're bound to get a few creeps.

Social networks are now amongst the most targeted for phishing, that nasty habit where people try to engineer applications that subtly coerce you into giving up vital information.

By Brad at 01:49 AM | Comments (0)

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