Costin Raiu, director of global research and analysis team at security firm Kaspersky, feels that many social media websites and other cloud services are failing to fully protect users from security issues.
Talking to PCR, he commented: "Look at a lot of Web 2.0 services. Facebook wasn’t secure a few years ago. Myspace didn’t have a secure login. Many services weren’t designed with security in mind."
Social media behemoth Twitter fell foul of this when the Federal Trade Commission brought charges that Twitter wasn’t doing enough to safeguard users’ personal information properly. As part of the settlement, Twitter had to establish a comprehensive security programme.
Raiu felt this was a step in the right direction, and said: "The Twitter settlement with the FTC was good because it protected users. Social media companies have to protect the end-user."
He cited Google Chrome as an example of why users need protection: "Google recently released a Chrome update which can synchronise passwords across computers so that you don’t need to keep typing them in when you use different machines. These passwords are stored in the cloud but I am not sure that all users realise that."
You can read the interview in full here