Facebook is a social networking service and website launched in
February 2004. Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg. A
January 2009 Complete.com study ranked Facebook as the most
used social networking service by worldwide monthly active users.
Facebook launched a high-school version in September 2005.
Facebook later expanded membership eligibility to employees of
several companies, including Apple.inc. and Microsoft. Facebook
was then opened on September 26, 2006, to everyone of age 13 and
older with a valid email address. On October 24, 2007, Microsoft
announced that it had purchased a 1.6% share of Facebook for
$240 million, giving Facebook a total implied value of around
$15 billion. In September 2009, Facebook said that it had turned
cash-flow positive for the first time. In early 2011, Facebook
announced plans to move to its new headquarters, the former Sun
Microsystems campus in Menlo Park.California.
Dorsey introduced the idea of an individual using
an SMS service to communicate with a small group.
The original project code name for the service was
twttr. Work on the project started on March 21,
2006, when Dorsey published the first Twitter
message. In October 2006, Biz Stone, Evan
Williums, Dorsey, and other members of Odeo
formed Obvious Corporation and acquired Odeo
and all of its assets–including Odeo.com and
Twitter.com–from the investors and. In June 2008,
Twitter launched a verification program, allowing
celebrities to get their accounts verified. On
September 7, 20011, Twitter announces that it has
100 million active users logging in at least once a
month and 50 million active users everyday.
Google+ is a social networking and identity
service owned and operated by Google Inc. It is
the second-largest social networking site in the
world, having surpassed Twitter in January 2013. It
has approximately 359 million active users.
As of May 2013, it had a total of 500 million
registered users, of whom 235 million are active in
a given month. Google has described Google+ as
a "social layer" that enhances many of its online
properties, unlike conventional social networks
generally accessed through a single website.
sites, over the past few
years, have increased
in popularity so much
that many are
They do not charge a single penny
to create an account, update status
or to upload pictures and videos
Uploading videos, sharing
photos, playing games, chat with
Social networking sites help you get in touch
with those people whom you no longer meet
in your everyday life such as buddies from
school, colleges or work…
• Most of the companies are turning towards
these sites for advertisement purpose.
• Ads targeted for people belonging to
certain area have ultimately helped the
companies in maximizing profit.
• Use of these sites for the purpose of
targeted ads and publicity.
• The geographical information about a
person is known.
• Marketing: moreover, it helps in spreading
the word all over the world
Youngsters often call their friends ‘un cool’ if
they don’t have a face book account (or
social networking sites). It’s pretty much a
basic requirement, these days, if you want
to get on with people. There have been
several reports regarding sexual predators
and safety issues due to which, many of the
social networking sites have tightened their
policy and security guidelines. Still, social
networking sites can reach to huge number
of people with varied interests. As a result,
Social networking sites continue to rise in
Phishing is the attempt to obtain confidential user information by
camouflaging as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication,
usually in the form of an e-mail or instant messenger. This is where URL
spoofing comes into play. Electric communications substituting as
messages sent from companies such as eBay, PayPal, Youtube and online
banks are a common camouflage for scam artists.
The infected e-mails or messages usually direct a user to enter confidential
information into an illegitimate website, where the attacker can easily gain
access the users details.
Cyber stalking is literally harassing and following another
person online. Social networking sites open up many doors for
URL spoofing is when one website poses as another website for malicious reasons. This
assail involves the cloning of a legitimate web page, such as a bank site. The cloned site is
created on another server under the control of the scam artist and is created to deceive
users into believing they are on a trusted site. Users then proceed using passwords or
account details on this cloned website, allowing the attacker to happily steal and utilize
the information for illicit reasons.
•Guard your financial and other
•Picture social networking sites as
billboards in cyberspace
•Be cautious about meeting your
new cyber friends in person
•Think twice before clicking on links
or downloading attachments in
•Protect your computer
•Beware of con artists