I wanted to get this post up before I leave for DefCon since it will be hard to have time to blog in Vegas. In a nutshell, I started a new web site called socialmediasecurity.com. This was originally a project that I started to move my social media research over to a separate web site but has since evolved into something much larger. What I have done is consolidated (with permission) research from other security researchers such as Aviv Raff, Joseph Bonneau, Kevin Johnson, Nathan Hamiel, Scott Wright, theharmonyguy and more. Each article links back to the original author. The purpose of this was to have an easy way to search on a specific topic or social network (for example: Twitter) and get the security information you are looking for. You can subscribe to post updates via RSS, Email or through Twitter.
In addition, at the top of the page are links to downloadable guides, presentations, video’s and more. All of this content is related to user education and awareness on social media security issues. This is obviously a work in progress and I plan to have more content added to this very soon. One thing I am working on that I wanted to get out before my talk at DefCon was a detailed walk-through video of the Facebook Privacy Settings (basically a walk-through of my guide). I haven’t finished the video yet and I might have to redo it since Facebook will be releasing a new interface for privacy settings in the near future. The plan is to do one for each of the major social networking sites as well as a downloadable guide like the Facebook one.
So…you can also concider this a call for volunteers! 🙂 If you would like to contribute anything (guides, videos, research, tools, blog on the site) or have feedback let me know by sending me an email (tom[aT]spylogic.net). There are a few other researchers and volunteers working on some really cool stuff for the web site. Far too many ignore the security and privacy issues of social media. We welcome your participation to help make a difference!