Be Careful While Using LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD)

Posted by Lynn Eisler October 27, 2013 0 Comment 1347 views

LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) is a popular online portal for job seekers and corporates. The former network and look for lucrative job opportunities while the latter scour job sites for suitable candidates for various posts. This also means that job seekers put a lot of personal information online and they use LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD)’s site to send out resumes and applications.

The flipside

This is definitely a benefit for those who wish to find the right job, but it has a downside too. This kind of activity also attracts the attention of fraudsters. Experts are of the opinion that if the applicants are not wary, cautious and alert, they can become easy targets for these kinds of fraudsters who are always on the lookout to solicit any personal information.

The minute a person networks with someone they do not know it can potentially be a risk. He says, that in particular, job seekers should be careful about the kind of information that they are sending out for any job prospects or potential job contracts. There are too many weak points in the system and this makes people vulnerable.

The danger

LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) is definitely one of the most popular tools that job seekers use but an article that appeared the New York Times has referred to its iOS Intro app a hackers dream. As per the paper, this app redirects traffic coming via emails to and from iPads and phones that users are using, via LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD)’s servers.

Potentially, all this information can be accessed by intelligence agencies and hackers as it transitions from one connection to the other. LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD)’s spokesperson said that the company has isolated this Intro environment as an independent, high-security segment from the rest of its systems, and that they have hardened the services that operate on the platform that are exposed internally and on the internet.

About Lynn Eisler

Lynn Eisler is a national news reporter focusing on economic issues, data analysis and the financial health of state and local governments. Lynn has been honored with the H.L. Mencken Award for Investigative Reporting, the Champion of Justice Award for reporting on the drug war, and the John Hancock Award for business reporting. Lynn was also a Knight Medical School Fellow at the University of Michigan.

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