Date Added: Aug 2009
Social networking sites are websites designed for human interaction. They enable users to meet others; keep in touch with them; and share experiences. They are all built on a similar foundation - the user builds a network of contacts bound by an element of trust. The user then creates content for his/her friends and, in turn, accesses the content they have created. This content can include such diverse things as holiday pictures, interesting links, and latest news. This paper will cover the most common areas of attack using social networks and will recommend ways of minimizing risks. The goal of this paper is not to stop one from participating in social networks but to enable one to use them more safely.