LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and social networking in general are proving to be a gateway for criminals trawling the internet for information that can be exploited to do harm to both businesses and consumers, according to security analysts.
The term “gateway data’ was coined by Herbert ‘Hugh’ Thompson, a professor in the Computer Science department at Columbia University in New York, to refer to the confidential information harvested from social networking sites.
The danger of an unguarded approach to social networking is not just about risks to physical property on a personal or corporate level. Identity theft is also a serious concern. The Australian Government web site Stay Smart Online contains useful advice on using social networking sites safely at www.staysmartonline.gov.au.