Facebook Malware and security issues have doubled
Spamming via social networks has doubled over the past year, according to the security vendor Sophos. However, this comes from a study that doesn’t break out Facebook specific statistics.
Of course, Facebook’s user base doubled over the past year. However, Sophos claims the percentage of users who received spam on social networks doubled in a year, from 33.4 percent to 67 percent, according to Sophos. The security vendor got these numbers from surveying 1,200 computer users in December.
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Meanwhile, the Sophos study also found 40 percent received malware, and that’s a 90 percent increase since April 2009 (By the way, the latest survey was conducted in May, 2010; my 18 years in journalism makes me crave something more recent, although I understand how a study of 1,200 users would take a lot of human-hours to compile.). Now this security category includes a lot of stuff, including some things that don’t do much real damage beyond invading people’s privacy.