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How to Not Lose Your Identity or Your Job to Social Media

Author: John Mark Ivey 1 August 2011 10,157 views No Comments
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Chances are your company or organization already suffered malware infections originating from social media sites. Hopefully you weren’t the culprit. Chances are Twitter and Facebook are used by a majority of your coworkers at home and sometimes even at work or on work-issued devices. That’s probably not going to change anytime soon. So what do you do to lessen the threat of social media site-induced malware as well as protect your online identity? You educate yourself.

As an employee, be careful of the social media sites you visit, especially links and ads that beg for your attention. The link and ad redirects may leave your company open to security threats. We all learned years ago not to click on those links in spam e-mails. Those same malware infections are lurking on social media sites. The problem is we’re just more likely to click those links when they appear in Facebook or Twitter because we trust the people we’re following via social media. Virus and malware writers are counting on your trust to give them the one click they need to take over your device or your social identity.

Make sure you follow your organization’s policy on social media use, and share it with coworkers whose behavior may pose a threat to your company’s network. A seemingly innocent mistake can not only compromise your own PC or mobile device, but it also can expose your organization to malware that results in the loss of sensitive data. You can also lose your own social identity when the virus writer resets your password and takes over your account.

Depending on how active your IT department has been toward educating employees on the daily changing risks social media sites introduce, your company could consider this a termination-worthy offense, especially if using social media isn’t related to your job. Don’t be careless. Certainly you’d rather have a job than that free iPad.

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