Friday, September 21, 2012

Too Much Information—Is There Such a Thing Online?

Almost everyone has an account to at least one of social networking sites.  A recent Pew Research study revealed that an average user has 229 Facebook friends and 229 followers on Pinterest; and 89% of employers use LinkedIn for recruiting employees.
“People share too much information on social media sites—birthdays, schools, hometowns, and  51% even add a family list to their profiles,” according to Myla Pilao, Director for Core Technologies at Trend Micro. “These information can already be used to answer security questions in credit card accounts, for example,” Pilao said.
“Cyber criminals may use your profile data for social engineering schemes and identity theft. Social media users must be cautious when posting personal information online,” adds Pilao.
 For more information about others risks of posting on social networking sites, check out the infographic, The Risks of Posting in Social Networks.

About Trend Micro
Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704;TSE: 4704), a global cloud security leader, creates a world safe for exchanging digital information with its Internet content security and threat management solutions for businesses and consumers.  A pioneer in server security with over 20 years’ experience, we deliver top-ranked client, server and cloud-based security that fits our customers’ and partners’ needs, stops new threats faster, and protects data in physical, virtualized and cloud environments. Powered by the industry-leading Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ cloud computing security infrastructure, our products and services stop threats where they emerge – from the Internet. They are supported by 1,000+ threat intelligence experts around the globe. 


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