LinkedIn defends Intro security

LinkedIn defends Intro security

Last week professional networking service LinkedIn introduced a new service called Intro, which works on your iPhone and in conjunction with your e-mail account to provide you with instant details about the people you're communicating with, linking to their LinkedIn profiles. In fact, it reroutes your mail account through LinkedIn's own systems. That's raised red flags as a potential security problem. Now LinkedIn is taking to the Internet to allay fears that Intro users are at risk.

Cory Scott, LinkedIn's senior manager of Information Security, has made a blog post explaining how Intro works.

From network hardening and isolation to bringing in a third-party security consulting firm, Scott says that LinkedIn does whatever it can to make sure that Intro is secure.

When mail flows through the LinkedIn Intro service, we make sure we never persist the mail contents to our systems in an unencrypted form. And once the user has retrieved the mail, the encrypted content is deleted from our systems.

Scott calls the negative comments made thus far "misconceptions" and "purely speculative." But is that enough? What do you think? Are you nervous about Intro's security? Or have you already starting using it? Please let me know in the comments.

Peter Cohen

Managing Editor of iMore, Mac and gaming specialist and all-around technologist. Follow him on Twitter @flargh

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There are 5 comments. Add yours.

Planetary Paul says:

They just took a big gun to their own foot. No way my mail should pass through their servers.

iDisturbia says:

Oh please LinkedIn!!! LMAO

Rene Ritchie says:

Everything they say is true... And utter meaningless.

It's just bad.

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T Bram says:

This LinkedIn user isn't letting that thing come near any of my devices. You know, after all that trust they built up by giving my account info to hackers n' all. They can suck it.

Reagy29 says:

I hate Linkedin as a service; their native app sucks both functionally and aesthetically and has ads and articles that have no bearing on me and my career. It also shows updates of people I couldn't care less about. The only reason I use it is to "maintain" my current professional network and there's no way in hell I'll grant them access to system level access to my phone.

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