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Social Networking Users Concerned About Spam Than Security of Personal Information

Europeans using social-networking sites are more frustrated by advertising and spam (36%) than they are concerned about the safety of their personal information (11%), according to a new research by Wadja, the provider of web, messaging and media services, as reported by PrNewsWire on June 9, 2008.

According to the Security Officials at Wadja, the survey of 500 people using social-networking sites across Europe revealed that nearly 19% of users are frustrated because they are not able to connect their friends due to increasing activities of spam.

Alex Christoforou, Managing Director, Wadja, said that the majority of social networks are too confined with features and applications designed to be used by close groups of friends. He said that users are fed up on account of these restrictions and would soon succeed to move their friends and profiles from one site to another to have the appropriate Web applications and tools, as reported by Sys-Con on June 9, 2008.

Further, according to the research, there is a dissatisfaction with the number of programs like advertisements and pop-ups on the sites as they obstruct usability. Also users of social networking (14%) referred to profiles that are too complex and which consumed too much time to load. Other key concerns are having a lot of applications and games (7%) through advertisements and pop-ups.

The researchers also revealed that spam promoted through social networking sites is the same as those promoted through e-mail and punted by the same surfers. People generally think they wouldn't be hit with spam, as an implicit faith works while social networking.

Also, spam through social networking could be e-mail messages exchanged between users, posts, or other applications of similar nature. spammers on social-networks most generally compromise accounts using false log-in pages. Tactics like phishing, guessing passwords or using keystroke-intercepting trojans also dominate.

Further, in related news, Harris Interactive confirms that spam through social networking is increasing and users are worried about it. As in a poll of users of social-networking sites, 66% said that they would switch to a different social-networking site if too much spam continued to arrive.

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