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Within the last few years, social networks have invaded the cyber world. This new type of sites aroused the users' curiosity, pushing them to try the new cyber style. Today, all of us are users of one social network at least (Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Tagged, etc...). These networks provide users with fast and easy connection with their friends, relatives, and people in their lives. If you have an old friend whom you lost connection with, you would more likely find him in a social network and reconnect with him. Moreover, you can get to know new people and make real friendship with.
However, behind those benefits, evil ends are being present:
The cyber age we are in is pretty much the “death of privacy”. Any body who wants some info about a person, one of the first things he might thing of to get that info is through social networks. In a very easy manner, he may conduct a search in the networks and guess what? There he finds you! A complete stranger got serious information about you! He could then keep spamming and annoying you. Furthermore, in ethical hacking, when you need details concerning someone that might help in your work, the primary source are the social networks because after collecting the private information regarding the personality, he can understand the way that person thinks, and, maybe, he would predict passwords or secret question; who knows!


What are some measures to have minimum privacy?
- Try not to include detailed information that reflects your pure personality
- Try not to accept/add strangers, and if it is a must, at least try to know who are you adding
- Set your profile privacy active for all people other than your friends, in which, only your friends would see the detailed information

( An issue of TBH-LSVC Newsletter (www.tbh-lsvc.tk) )
 
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