Adults on Facebook just as needy as teens, but a bigger security risk

Survey shows adults want to be popular, too; give up privacy, other data to get it


That need for interaction and acceptance also raises the possibility of social-engineering attacks in which an innocently curious friend-of-a-Friend engages employees in online discussions about some project mentioned in passing on a Facebook page, giving the garrolous stranger (an aging ex-KGB agent named Boris now doing low-paid corporate espionage piecework for an oligarchical organized criminal corporation in Ukraine) the opportunity to pump chatty end users for even more information.

Given all the other risks insiders pose to data security – see the recent blog about the Citigroup employee in Japan who walked out the door with printouts of 92,000 user accounts – the risk of a little unguarded chat on Facebook isn't that critical.

The study is significant, though, in pointing out that just being adult-looking doesn't mean your professionally dressed and demeaned co-workers aren't the same gossipy, insecure, tell-all goofballs they were in high school.

They are. So are you and I. We just hide it better under fake-looking Old Person costumes and expressions of confidence and security that actually mean whatever it is we should be worrying about has slipped our minds and we're wondering if we wrote it down anyplace. Like maybe in that last Facebook update?

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