Social networking sites such as Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn are great platforms for socializing with friends and family, sharing photos, videos and other information across the world. There are two major risks involved in social networking namely privacy and security.
In this newsletter we cover the privacy aspect of social networking, and how you can protect yourself from cyber criminals.
How much is too much?
Privacy is the ability of an individual to seclude personal and sensitive information. The simplest way to understand this is to take a look at some real life situations;
An employee posts negative or controversial content on a social networking site about her organization. This gets noticed by the organization’s competitors and the organization gets into trouble.
You visit the beach or a friend’s party and end up getting drunk and making a fool out of your very self. Someone takes pictures of you in that state and posts them all over social media.
You take nude ‘selfies’ or video intimate moments on your mobile device to surprise your intended partner. Your device setting is set to synchronize your pictures to your social networking sites. Unfortunately you forget to delete or protect these pictures from being synched online. The next morning you find out these pictures have been leaked and published over the internet.
What you thought was private could become public for a variety of reasons. Note that, the privacy of your information is only as secure as the people you share it with.
These are but a few examples, which may turn a good intention into a bad outcome.
Why Should I Care?
The events listed could potentially;
Impact your career: Any embarrassing or incriminating posts, no matter how old they are, may prevent you from getting that new job.
Lead to attacks against you: Cyber criminals can harvest your information and use it to attack, harass, harm your reputation or steal your identity.
Harm your employer: Your negative content you posted about your organization can harm its reputation.
What Can I Do?
Be careful how much information you share online, once information goes online, it stays online.
Most organizations have included searching social networking sites as a part of their background check procedure for new employees.
Ultimately, the best way to protect your privacy is to follow this rule: if you do not want your enemies, loved ones or boss to see your post, you most likely should not post it.
Social networking sites are powerful and fun, but be careful what you post and whom you trust.
Thank you for reading