ShmooCon: Inside FarmVille's Sinister Underbelly


While it's becoming increasingly difficult for people to turn away from social networking, especially since it's become a critical, legitimate business tool for many professionals, there are still ways to protect yourself, the presenters noted.

For one thing, you can avoid Facebook and Twitter pages purporting to be from famous people. A good way to tell if that Twitter page is really a malicious bot is to look at its follower/following ratio. If they're being followed by 50 people but are following over a thousand, that's a pretty good indication that something stinks.

And, they noted, if you must use apps to get around certain places and find the shops you're looking for, remember that too much information can be enough for someone evil to track your specific whereabouts and come after you.

in CSOonline's Application Security section.