Social media news is surprisingly overshadowed by two of the biggest online networking sites, Facebook and Twitter. Although user numbers on the sites increase by the day, they have both contended with good and bad press. Today, yet again, it’s the turn of privacy issues and apparent flaws.
In a recent security report card by Digital Society, it was found that past issues surrounding privacy settings were still present on both sites. It seems that Firesheep on Firefox may have contributed to this. Troy Rogers at The Deadbolt reported that both Facebook and Twitter have unfortunately not managed to pass the encryption and identification process of SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). This basically means that users of an authentication page do not know for sure if the page is HTTP.
The author of the recent report for Digital Society “George Ou” has said, “The vulnerability and easy exploitation [of] online services have been well known since 2007, but the lack of mainstream tech media coverage has allowed the online industry to sweep the problem under the rug for the past 3 years.”
In a constant battle to overcome privacy issues, will these sites ever succeed in their mission to keeping our settings safe? Tell us what you think? Are you careful with what information you supply? To find out more log onto The Deadbolt.
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