NodeXL Social Media Network Analysis Tool

Social networking website has changed the way of social life now a days everybody using Facebook, Twitter, Google plus and other social networking website, there are different pros and cons of social networking website but as a penetration tester and ethical hacker aspect we have to discuss about privacy and security issue of a person in social networking website. As discussed about the security of different social networking website this time I will let you know the importance of social networking website in a penetration testing.

Social networking are now a best source for penetration tester and even for hacker to get the information about a victim, social networking websites easily lead towards the social engineering attack.
There are different tools and techniques out there to get and analyze the data from different websites to make the plan of action like as discussed about Maltego. Maltego is also available on backtrack 5 but maltego is not the point of this article, in this I will discuss NodeXL.

What Is NodeXL ?

NodeXL is a free, open-source template for Excel 2007 and 2010 that lets you enter a network edge list, click a button, and see the network graph, all in the Excel window. You can easily customize the graph’s appearance; zoom, scale and pan the graph; dynamically filter vertices and edges; alter the graph’s layout; find clusters of related vertices; and calculate graph metrics. Networks can be imported from and exported to a variety of file formats, and built-in connections for getting networks from Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and your local email are provided. Additional importers for Exchange Email, Facebook, and Hyperlink networks are available.

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