LinkedIn released a new app called Intro this past week. This is not a native app for iOS, but it gives LinkedIn permission to pass your e-mails through their servers using the iOS Mail app. Security experts are saying that the service adds professional context to e-mails, but this is at the risk of users.
LinkedIn’s servers scrape and analyzes the e-mails for the data, but this causes it to be at the risk of a “man-in-the-middle attack,” stated security consulting company Bishop Fox in a blog post.
However, other security consultants believe that people should not be paranoid. Bruce Schneier, a security expert, said that this is the same situation as every other cloud service provider including Yahoo!, Google, AOL, and other services.
Personally I have tried out LinkedIn Intro and I switched back to having Gmail as my default Mail app provider. This is because there seemed to be a lag time between grabbing my e-mail and adding social media data to e-mails. However, I do recommend using LinkedIn’s Rapportive web browser extension. The technology used in LinkedIn Intro is powered by Rapportive.