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The views of one man on security, privacy and anything else that catches his attention. The views expressed on this blog do not reflect the views of my employer or anyone other than myself.

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By: David Moore

Wed, 20 Jun 2012 12:41:45 +0000

I am thinking that everything that has a digital bullhorn is "a risk".... My organization blocks all social media, but that is not to say that some info gets out. Who can't take a picture on their cell phone and post via 3/4g communications? I think the big issue is internal education... "do this, do not do this". Listen, if a crook is going to be a crook, then he/she will be a crook. Simple and maybe a redundant statement, but until we can actually hard-wire someones brain to a security appliance, this is a better best left for sci-fi.

By: Westech

Wed, 07 Mar 2012 06:51:15 +0000

I agree that companies do not see this blind sided security issue and the security risk of the human element. But from a company's marketing perspective (excuse off topic), consumers react better to this 'openess' that a company uses on social media networks.

By: Marisa

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 01:40:12 +0000

This post is such a great timestamp for when people started to worry about which security risks for social media. Now we can add the risk of public scandal as Twitter becomes the popular method of communicating for politicians and famous people. You can always count on the politicians getting involved to make things amusing. Meanwhile all the previous risks are still there, and being magnified. The greatest security features of Twitter are still just the ones that have existed from the start, the anti-fraud measures that prevent bots from runaway following. And of course this is the "feature" that I hate the most because I hit 2000 following like 2 years ago. Pls to be following me so I can improve my ratio?? j/k So it's been almost 4 years... which URL shortener do you think has the best malware blacklist so far?

By: Toby

Fri, 16 Apr 2010 22:01:24 +0000

Hey Martin, Interesting post. One thing I would like to add for discussion is the way that twitter has set a standard for using URL shortening tools. I think most users used to be clued in enough to not follow a link that looked like garbled text, they would immediately judge it as coming from a source that didn't look too trustworthy, however now they are effectively blind clicking a lot of links with no real idea of where they are being sent to. Not the safest way to browse the web but one that is quickly becoming the norm.

By: Information security

Thu, 19 Mar 2009 03:13:12 +0000

If you aren’t operating at Twitter speed, how can you immediately blunt the impact of these significant threats. But how can you operate at Twitter speed when you have a whole organization to set up and manage? Wow, it keeps getting tougher.

By: Network Security Blog » Four information points on Twitter phishing

Mon, 05 Jan 2009 16:22:23 +0000

[...] asked once before “Is Twitter a security risk?“.  This isn’t a problem with twitter, this is a problem with people who are [...]

By: Stephen Reese

Wed, 02 Jul 2008 02:35:35 +0000

@Martin, great write, I believe Twitter is a great communication tool but with anything too much can be a problems including divulging too much about one's self or company.

By: Dan York

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 12:00:03 +0000

Martin, Nice post... I wrote something similar back in November looking at it from more of a "personal security" viewpoint at: But you are right that the challenge for companies is certainly there. Information leakage occurs in all media. But the informality and looseness of tools like Twitter tend to make people less cautious about what they may or may not say. And, as you mention, the possibility of pattern recognition in the aggregation of feeds is certainly there. Mind you, I still use Twitter ( ) as well as most all of the other tools (haven't gotten into BrightKite yet, though, although I have an account). Dan

By: Martin

Fri, 06 Jun 2008 12:23:57 +0000

I am not doing anything to keep republishing it. If there's anything going on, it's not something i'm doing on purpose. I haven't changed anything on the blog or even published any new posts recently. Martin

By: twitchy

Fri, 06 Jun 2008 11:34:37 +0000

Is there some reason why this article keeps republishing through RSS? I’ve received about 40 copies of it since it was published.