[Thanks to Martijn Grooten for pointing out that the study doesn’t actually mention Facebook, though the mention of “friends” may or may not be suggestive. Title and text amended appropriately.]
Help Net Security tells us that “too many disclose sensitive information on social networks“: that might not be news to you, especially since you read this blog, but you might nevertheless be shocked at how many social network users go all the way on a first date.
According to a study by BitDefender, based on a sample group of around 2000 users of an unnamed network, 94% accepted an invitation to be friends from an unknown but apparently attractive lady. (The sample group was split down the middle genderwise, so this isn’t just a case of guys doing their thinking with the wrong organ.)
Even worse, after a half hour conversation, 10% were ready to disclose the sort of personal information that is useful to social engineers and password guessers. Over 73% were happy to give away potentially sensitive information related to their work. And if I read the article correctly (I haven’t seen the actual study anywhere yet, and the wording is slightly ambiguous), >86% of those who accepted the invitation were in the IT industry, and 31% of those worked in IT security.
And not as much as a virtual G&T on the table. That’s what I call a cheap date…
(Hat tip to Sorin Mustaca for the pointer.)