MySpace. Facebook. LinkedIn. Orkut. Who doesn't have a profile on at least one of these sites these days? The explosion of social networking has reinvented communication as we know it, creating new opportunities to develop friendships, romances and business contacts all over the world -- a fact which has not gone unnoticed by the malware authors and organized crime.
"Things are happening at such a rapid rate, it's hard to slow that momentum," said Dan Hubbard, senior director, security and technology research, for Websense. "And because they're investing so much money in it, it's very difficult to insert security into that paradigm."
"The attackers understand that this is going on and are gravitating toward that," he added.
In a Web 2.0 world, social networking can turn into a security nightmare when hackers exploit users and steal information for profit. As a result, businesses and individuals alike will have to strike a balance, and find new ways to achieve their objectives while staying safe on the Internet.
Here's a look at some of the things experts say we can expect to see more of in the world of Web 2.0 social networking.