Study: 8 of 10 MySpace Users “Just Don’t Feel Safe”

Nine out of 10 people have been attacked via a social network and one in four has received a virus or malware, according to a new study (.PDF) and infographic released this morning by web security firm Barracuda Networks.

SonyNine out of 10 people have been attacked via a social network and one in four has received a virus or malware, according to a new study (.PDF) and infographic released this morning by web security firm Barracuda Networks.

The study, conducted over the course of two weeks in September and October this year, highlights the widespread usage of social networking sites and the problems users have encountered with privacy and security.

Eighty four percent of respondents felt the most unsafe on Myspace, beating out sites like Facebook and Twitter, where 40 percent and 28 percent of users, respectively, felt unsafe. Out of those surveyed, users felt the safest on LinkedIn, with only 14 percent of respondents saying they felt unsafe on the business-related social networking site. LinkedIn was also deemed the “most business friendly,” by Barracuda after only 20 percent of respondents claimed the site was blocked by their workplace.

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