LinkedIn Attempts to Quell Intro Security Fearshttp://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/10/28/linkedin-attempts-to-quell-intro-security-fears.aspx Chris Neiger
October 28, 2013
LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) introduced its new Intro feature last week, bringing LinkedIn profiles directly into an iOS user's mail app. It was supposed to be a way to add email contacts to the LinkedIn network and learn more about potential connections, but the feature sparked a firestorm from security firms.
LinkedIn stresses the app is secure, but can investors be confident the company is making the right mobile moves?
Much ado about something
In a blog post this week, the company's information security manager, Cory Scott, said when Intro was being designed the company, "Made sure we built the most secure implementation we believed possible."
He went on to list a number of security parameters for Intro, including:
That all sounds good, but it may not be enough to change the minds of security firms and users -- and investors should take note of that.
Intro to mobile
But LinkedIn may have unsuspectingly stepped into the mire of Internet security uncertainty.
Last year, LinkedIn suffered a security breach resulting in 6.5 million users having their passwords stolen. But as bad as that was, it's a bit unfair to only point to LinkedIn's security breach without acknowledging that a massive amount of companies that collect secure data online have suffered their own breaches. Facebook, Buffer, Twitter,