Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Vblock™ Systems:
Advanced converged infrastructure
increases productivity & lowers costs.

www.vce.com
Enterprise I.T.
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Security Researcher
Security Researcher's Spine Shivers Over LinkedIn Intro

By Jennifer LeClaire
October 24, 2013 11:27AM

    Bookmark and Share
"I find it hard to imagine any security-conscious firm being comfortable with its employees handing LinkedIn access to its e-mails. And why do you even need LinkedIn Intro anyway? What real advantage are you getting by having LinkedIn rifle through every e-mail you receive?" asked Graham Cluley, a senior security analyst at Sophos.
 



It’s rare for a social network to roll out a new sharing feature without raising privacy advocates’ eyebrows. LinkedIn’s new Intro service is no exception.

While many are complimenting the business social media platform for its innovation, others are concerned that the company is rolling out an app that’s ultimately going to expose iPhone users’ data.

LinkedIn Intro is based on technology from Rapportive, which the company acquired in 2012. Intro is supposed to be a groundbreaking mobile product that tackles mobile e-mail challenges. It brings Rapportive’s technology to the Apple Mail app on the iPhone.

“Intro shows you LinkedIn profiles in your iPhone Mail app,” explained Pahul Vohra, who co-founded Rapportive and now works for LinkedIn. For example, with Intro you can put faces to the names of people who e-mail you. LinkedIn basically serves up the sender’s profile. The idea is to help you write more effective e-mails, establish rapport, and grow your professional network by connecting with people on LinkedIn.

Is It Trustworthy?

It sounds like a good idea on the surface. You can see the e-mail sender’s strongest mutual connections. You can scroll down and see the sender’s occupations, past and current, and his full description. You can even see where the sender sent to school. But is it overkill?

We asked Greg Sterling, principal analyst at Sterling Market Intelligence, for his take on the drama. He told us The app adds some valuable context and contact data to iOS email, however there will be concern about privacy and LinkedIn's access to users' mail.

“Most people, to the extent they understand that e-mail has to be routed through LinkedIn's servers to deliver the additional information, will be unlikely to trust and adopt the new service,” Sterling said.

“The timing of this is unfortunate, against the backdrop of heightened online privacy concerns and surveillance in the news almost daily. Beyond these issues, many non-business professionals simply won't see the need for the service,” he said.

Shivers Down the Spine

Graham Cluley, a senior security analyst at Sophos, is advising against using the app. Although he admits it’s pretty nifty from an engineering point of view, he said from the security and privacy perspective it “sends shivers” down his spine. Strong words.

“I’m not suggesting that it has created LinkedIn Intro with any malicious intentions -- unless you consider them injecting an advertisement for their its brand in every e-mail malicious -- but clearly security is not part of the company’s DNA and that troubles me,” he wrote in a blog post.

“Furthermore, I find it hard to imagine any security-conscious firm being comfortable with its employees handing LinkedIn access to its e-mails. And why do you even need LinkedIn Intro anyway? If you receive a business e-mail from someone, don’t they normally have a sig at the bottom explaining who they are, and who they work for?" he asked. "What real advantage are you getting by having LinkedIn rifle through every e-mail you receive? Is it just that they put it at the top of the message, rather than require you to scroll to the bottom?”
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Jack:

Posted: 2013-10-25 @ 12:23pm PT
Agreed, this is a terrible feature from not only a security perspective, but also a privacy perspective. I don't have Facebook due to privacy concerns and I might cancel my LinkedIn account because of this new "no privacy" direction LinkedIn is apparently taking.



APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.


 Enterprise I.T.
1.   Malware Targets Facebook Users
2.   Zebra Buys Motorola Enterprise Biz
3.   NSC Backs Disclosing Vulnerabilities
4.   Salesforce To Dominate S.F. Skyline
5.   Heartbleed Bug Could Disconnect IoT?


advertisement
Malware Targets Facebook Users
iBanking app spys on communications.
Average Rating:
Zebra Buys Motorola Enterprise Biz
Pays $3.45B in all-cash deal.
Average Rating:
Google Glass Finds a Medical Niche
Hands-free information access a boon.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Heartbleed Could Cost Millions, Could Have Been Prevented
Early estimates of Heartbleed’s cost to enterprises are running in the millions. The reason: revoking all the SSL certificates the bug exposed will come at a very hefty price. Some say it all could have been avoided.
 
Michaels Says Nearly 3M Credit, Debit Cards Breached
Arts and crafts retail giant Michaels Stores has confirmed that a data breach at its POS terminals from May 2013 to Jan. 2014 may have exposed nearly 3 million customer credit and debit cards.
 
Google's Street View Software Unravels CAPTCHAs
The latest software Google uses for its Street View cars to read street numbers in images for Google Maps works so well that it also solves CAPTCHAs, those puzzles designed to defeat bots.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
The innovative headpiece may find its niche in markets where hands-free access to data can be a big advantage. Glass experiments for doctors are already under way, with some promising results.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Review: Siri-Like Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way, taking some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants, with new tools too.
 
With Galaxy S5, Samsung Proves Less Can Be More
Samsung has produced the most formidable rival yet to the iPhone 5s: the Galaxy S5. The device is the fifth edition of the company's successful line of Galaxy S smartphones, and shows less can be more.
 
Facebook Rolls Out Potentially Intrusive Location-Sharing
Looking for friends? Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby, using a smartphone's GPS. Could be a cool feature in some cases, or way too much information.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.