NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- LinkedIn's (LNKD) new e-mail service, Intro, is sparking chatter of its own that the site isn't adequately outfitted equipped with security platforms to fend off viruses and cyberspying while protecting a user's privacy.
The e-mail service, which is optional, syncs with a users' personal e-mail app thereby enabling LinkedIn to embed profile information for each e-mail contact.
However, after its debut last week, analysts became concerned that the feature filtered personal e-mails through LinkedIn servers before social networking information was embedded.
Writing for Forbes, James Lyne, head of research at one of the world's largest security firms Sophos, said, "LinkedIn's new Intro service has put up a big sign advertising to cyber criminals, nation states and others 'hack here, we've got loads of juicy data'. The architecture of its new service is innovative but compromises your security and privacy".
Security consulting firm Bishop Fox also took arms against the application. On its company blog, it wrote, "Our recommendation is don't introduce Intro into your environment."
In its own blog post, the social network sought to explain the measures taken to keep the data safe. Precautions include an isolated Intro-specific network and numerous extensive test periods, both by internal employees and external security auditors.
"When the LinkedIn Security team was presented with the core design of Intro, we made sure we built the most secure implementation we believed possible. We explored numerous threat models and constantly challenged each other to consider possible threat scenarios," wrote Cory Scott, senior manager of information security at LinkedIn.