The Lexington County Public Library is banning social-networking sites, but not for the reasons most people would probably come up with. "The primary reason for the decision was research that shows social-networking sites can make computer systems vulnerable to viruses," reports The State in Columbia, S.C. "The sites are becoming prime targets for malicious hackers," it cites network security experts as saying. "The library hasn’t encountered such problems, but library officials said they want to be proactive." This is another reminder of how important it is for home-based social networkers to be careful about what links they click on in comments, bulletins, etc., and about logging in more than once (some malicious hackers create fake log-in screens that grab user names and passwords).
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