Social Networks and Personal Information

Filed under Security Awareness


Good post over at GNUCITIZEN today. They talk about how easy it would be for a hacker to social engineer their way into LinkedIn connections to get information about a potential business target, possibly even your company or business.

Social networking in general is very popular with security minded and non-security minded people. I use LinkedIn as well as many other security professionals because of the obvious career benefits. Even a gray hat/black hat hacker can use LinkedIn to further a legitimate career in the corporate world by getting a LinkedIn connection by doing a project for Hackers for Charity. It’s all about what you perceive your “personal risk” is associated with using a site like LinkedIn. The benefit may outweigh the risk in your case. Here are a few tips that you can do to help “minimize” your personal information exposure:

1. Do not make your LinkedIn profile public
2. Only accept connections from people you know and/or have personally worked with.

For example, if you own your own business you may want a public profile available to generate business. Again, this all depends on your personal risk assessment of your personal information.

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