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How hyper-connected are you ? Your connectedness is your biggest weakness !

by Juniper Employee on ‎10-23-2012 04:49 PM

How many of you regularly use your social network to communicate ? The traditional e-mail still holds strong but increasingly social networks are becoming much more pervasive in terms of providing good communication tools – chat, e-mail, collaboration etc. And given our ever expanding connections in these networks, it stands to reason that more of our collaborators are already within these circles already and we can conveniently communicate using the social networking tools.

What if you happened to get an innocuous message from one of your connections which read “Steve, Just read this in Forbes and thought it might interest you – http://bit.ly/……”.

How many of us actually use a URL extender to see what the website extends to and that the name doesn’t really go to Forbes but a malware infested website ? The most common action is to click the link (since you trust Steve) and then next thing you know is that the malware gets downloaded, scours your connections and sends similar phishing messages to all your extensive connections !

So really all it takes is one weak connection to wreak havoc on the entire network.

So keep expanding your network but keep expanding your vigilance as well ! 

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