VALA2010 Session 14 Mohtasebi

VALA20120Privacy concerns in social networks and online communities

VALA 2010 CONCURRENT SESSION 14 – Online Communities
Thursday 11 February 2010 13:45 – 14:15
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VALA Peer Reviewed PaperAmirhossein Mohtasebi

Solution Developer, Extol Corporation, Malaysia

Parnian Najafi Borazjani

IT Security Management Specialist, University Technology Malaysia

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This paper studies the awareness of students in Malaysian universities of the threats in online social networks, mainly Facebook, and measures their level of vulnerability to those threats, such as identity theft and online harassment. Taking the maturity of social networks into consideration, both in terms of number of users and provided services, the authors tried to find out how concerned university students are about their privacy in online communities, and the extent to which they use the privacy enhancement enablers that are available to protect their personal information.