Uncovering Facebook Side Channels and User Attitudes

Provided by: Rutgers University
Topic: Security
Format: PDF
Over the course of the last decade, Facebook has become an incredibly popular social networking site, reporting around a billion visitors monthly. Like any social networking site, Facebook's design decisions have implications about what is shared, what is not shared, and how much control users have about such sharing. In this paper, the authors report a systematic analysis of side channels in Facebook - that is, channels that can reveal privacy-sensitive information to users through indirect mechanisms. While these side channels may not be particularly surprising to the security research community, they still represent potential threats to Facebook users, depending on user expectations and attitudes.

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