Accession Number : AD1007378

Title :   Managing a User's Vulnerability on a Social Networking Site

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Arizona State University Tempe United States

Personal Author(s) : Gundecha,Pritam

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Report Date : 01 May 2015

Pagination or Media Count : 100

Abstract : Users often join an online social networking (OSN) site, like Facebook, to remain social, by either staying connected with friends or expanding social networks. On an OSN site, users generally share variety of personal information which is often expected to be visible to their friends, but sometimes vulnerable to unwarranted access from others.The recent study suggests that many personal attributes, including religious and political affiliations, sexual orientation, relationship status, age, and gender, are predictable using users' personal data from an OSN site. The majority of users want to remain socially active, and protect their personal data at the same time. This tension leads to a user's vulnerability, allowing privacy attacks which can cause physical and emotional distress to a user, sometimes with dire consequences. For example, stalkers can make use of personal information available on an OSN site to their personal gain. This dissertation aims to systematically study a user vulnerability against such privacy attacks.

Descriptors :   Computer information security , social media , SOCIAL NETWORKS , risk , VULNERABILITY , algorithms

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE