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In a recent article, Computer Weekly covered SpeakUp, a live event on securing the social web that took place in London last week. In the article, the author describes how Carl Leonard of the Websense Security Labs created an exploit using a very simple Facebook application kit that only costs $25. Leonard, Websense senior security researcher, explains how easy it is for hackers to purchase and create malicious viral apps. Not only do the kits come complete with templates, files and scripts for publishing, they also provide additional web pages for bogus offers for things like iPads, gift cards and surveys to collect personal information.
“Good way to illustrate how low the barriers to entry have fallen” – Warwick Ashford, Blogger
Indeed, security barriers in social media are continuously crumbling. Protect yourself by downloading Websense free application, Defensio for Facebook, which enables you to monitor any malicious content on your Facebook page or company wall. You can also learn how to protect your company’s use of social media with our Social Media Acceptable Use Policy Kit. For more information on SpeakUp (including recordings of the event) click here.