Web 2.0 may be riskier than ever{3}

by Boshi W


With the emerge of web 2.0 seem promising and full of excitement, it is however, not without risks involve. This article points out the risk factors involve in this new technology and how it might be too risky to adapt. It talks about how web 2.0’s interactive nature creats new avenues for information leakage, making it difficult to secure. Hackers can now more easily attack web 2.0 sites with tactics such as using cross site scripting (XSS) since web 2.0 also utilizes newer technologies such as RSS, Ajax, and even instant messaging.

There are also social risks to consider too. Since more people participate in a user interactive web 2.0, there is a higher chance that they could divulge proprietary information about themselves or others. Private company information can be leaked due to the ability to share photos and information through web 2.0. However, the major concerns are still malicious attacks (cyberbullying) via social networks such as Facebook or MySpace.

Although I agree that malicious attacks and leakage of information due to sharing can become headaches for companies, it is certain that the benefit of web 2.0 outweights the risks. Sharing ideas and learning from each other is the new way of the internet and was its original intentions.

I believe that web 2.0 will enhance the user experience to another level. Much better than the traditional article format that it was before. Users want to be part of this fascinating spectrum and share their part of the knowledge. People want to be connected to their friends via social network, and they most certainly want to share their life with them. I think web 2.0 will grow even faster whether we like it or not.

Short, Jason. “Risks in a web 2.0 world.” Proquest. Version 1. Csupomona, 28 Oct. 2008. Web. 2 Oct. 2011. <http://0-search.proquest.com.opac.library.csupomona.edu/abicomplete/docview/227006184/1322B74D64737962CC7/36?accountid=10357>.