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Consumer Online Presence Protection Via Security Options Monitoring

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000201332D
Publication Date: 2010-Nov-11
Document File: 4 page(s) / 40K

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Abstract

Customers of the consumer Norton products can use their Norton online account to list social networking sites that they use (e.g. Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Skype, etc.) and provide the related login credentials. Symantec can scan/analyze options/preferences currently set for that user in the specified sites for security. Symantec can also actively monitor these settings. Symantec will notify the user if the security settings (as currently selected) are too weak.

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Consumer Online Presence Protection Via Security Options Monitoring

Edward Bonver

Symantec Corporation

Abstract

Customers of the consumer Norton products can use their Norton online account to list social networking sites that they use (e.g. Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Skype, etc.) and provide the related login credentials. Symantec can scan/analyze options/preferences currently set for that user in the specified sites for security. Symantec can also actively monitor these settings. Symantec will notify the user if the security settings (as currently selected) are too weak.

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Consumer Online Presence Protection Via Security Options Monitoring

Problem Statement

Consumers register with many sites, including social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Skype, Hotmail, Gmail, etc.), financial institutions, and so on. All of these sites contain some options/preferences that the users can select, associated with their profile. Some preferences have to do with security (in particular, privacy-related settings, such as contact preferences, who is allowed to view their profile, and how much of their private data gets displayed in their profile for others to view). Average users are not well versed in security, and do not know which settings they need to select; hence, they end up either leaving such settings at defaults (sometimes defaults are not secure), or selecting insecure settings, leaving themselves vulnerable to threats, such as identity theft. Sometimes a social networking site decides to change security settings for users. They don’t always notify the users of such changes (i.e., settin...