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LinkedIn Intro is a cool and bad idea

October 25, 2013

Matthew Panzarino on LinkedIn Intro app:

LinkedIn likely has zero interest in bringing on the storm of crap that would come along with accessing your email, but once you insert a middle man, you’re adding a vulnerability to your email chain. A spoofed certificate served via a phishing site that emulates the LinkedIn Intro installation wizard is one possibility that pops to mind.

Later on, LinkedIn  reached out saying that everything (username, password and email contents) is stored in the iPhone not in LinkedIn’s server, and every communications will be encrypted afterwards. But still, who’s willing to trust their sensitive informations to third party nowadays? Especially with all of those scary NSA news lately, nothing is encrypted strong enough out there.

What LinkedIn need to do is build their reputation slowly, if they can pull this Intro app nicely without any leakage, users will start utilizing the app. But one bad news on how hackers able to break in and stole some data, it’ll be the end of the app.

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