social media safety: FAKE NEWS: How the Weaponization of Social Media Has You Conned - 11/13/19 06:55 AM
This post takes a hard and honest look at whats happening right now. You either “get it” or you are a victim of whats going on. Victims who read this will trash it and deny the reality of what they read. Denial is warm and comfortable. The truth is cold and can hurt. And nobody likes to admit they are wrong, ever. So I expect plenty of haters.
“People are much like cattle or sheep; they just want to be led.”
The author of that controversial and maybe offensive quote is the author of this article. Maybe YOU aren’t like cattle or sheep, … (22 comments)

social media safety: How to Delete Yourself from Social Media - 07/05/17 06:35 AM
Have you been thinking that it’s time to make the drastic choice to remove yourself from social media? Most of us were quick to join the social media bandwagon, but these days, you might have worries about privacy. Though it’s possible to delete yourself from social media, the process isn’t easy, and it might not be totally foolproof.
Why Do You Want to Leave?
Before getting into how to delete yourself from social media, it’s important to ask yourself why you want to leave. Experts say totally deleting yourself might not be the best move. For instance, a potential employer, who will more … (4 comments)

social media safety: Parents Beware of Finstagram - 04/25/17 05:02 AM
You have surely heard of Instagram, the photo sharing social network, but what about “Finstagram?” If you are like most parents, you have rules about the social media practices of your kids. However, once you learn about Finstagram, those might all go out the window.
When you combine the words “fake” and “Instagram,” you get Finstagram. Essentially, these are fake, or alternative, Instagram accounts that are created by teens, for the most part. These accounts can be used for harmless laughs, such as sharing embarrassing pictures with your close circle of friends, or for harmful deeds, such as hiding alcohol or drug … (10 comments)

social media safety: Investigators Using Social Media to Find Missing Children - 04/21/17 05:11 AM
Gone are the days when social media is only used to share what you had for dinner or announcing to the world that you are headed to the gym. But social media has become a platform for any and everyone to say what’s on their mind, and sometimes that’s great, but all too often it isn’t. Social is significantly lacking in decorum. But at least some are using social for good.
These days, law enforcement is using social media to find missing children.
Washington, DC police are leading the way on this. In 2017, alone, the district is averaging about 190 missing kids … (4 comments)

social media safety: Hacking the CEO with Social Media - 12/06/16 06:14 AM
If the super big wigs could get their social media accounts hacked, you can too. If you can believe it, the Twitter accounts of the following were recently hacked:
Google CEO Sundar Pichai Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey Shouldn’t these CEOs know how to prevent getting hacked? One little slip could let in the cybercriminals: reusing the same password.
Times have really changed. During the good ‘ol days, employees barely knew the CEO. Sometimes he was faceless, and at most, they received form letters from him…or her. Nowadays, company workers know the names of the … (1 comments)

social media safety: Case allows Employees to run amok on Social Media - 11/24/16 05:57 AM
Lesson learned: If you run a fast-food restaurant or any company for that matter, you’d better treat your employees right. After all, they have a legal right to tweet all they want about you.
A Chipotle Mexican Grill in Havertown, PA, had a ban in place: Employees are prohibited from using social media to spread “inaccurate information” or “disparaging, false or misleading statements.”
But the National Labor Relations Board recently deemed that this rule violates federal labor law, even though an employee, James Kennedy, had tweeted less-than-favorable information about working conditions and had also circulated a petition (that the franchise tried to ban).
Chipotle … (2 comments)

social media safety: Set Privacy on these Social Media Apps - 08/04/16 12:14 AM
Just like older generations never thought that the dial phone in the kitchen could be dangerous (think phone scams), today’s kids don’t have a clue how hazardous smartphone apps can really be. They are a godsend to pedophiles, scammers and hackers. And let’s not forget other kids who just want to be cruel bullies.
Parents should have informative discussions with their kids about the various apps out there. And it’s okay to forbid particular apps you aren’t comfortable with. Like Musicly, search “Musicly safe for kids” and see why. Apps aren’t as innocent as you think. They are potential gateways to some … (4 comments)

social media safety: Parents: do You know your Teen’s Social Media Platforms? - 04/27/16 11:54 PM
With all the apps out there that individualize communication preferences among teens, such as limiting “sharing,” parents should still hold their breath. Face it, parents: times have changed. It’s your duty to discuss these applications with your kids. And parents should also familiarize themselves with the so-called temporary apps.
Temporary messages do not vanish forever. Are anonymous applications really anonymous? How temporary is “temporary”? Kik Messenger
Users can stay anonymous and conduct all sorts of communication. Has perks, like seeing if someone read your message. Has drawbacks, such as accidentally sending content to more people than the user intended. Easy to … (4 comments)

social media safety: Stop being a blabber on Social Media - 12/23/15 10:04 PM
Are you a cyber-blabber? Even a post about your daily afternoon foray to the sub sandwich shop could get you in trouble: A burglar reading this knows when to rob your house. But it doesn’t end there. STOP THE MADNESS!
The Giants: Facebook and Twitter
Be careful what you post on Facebook and tweet about. It can be used against you in court, even something as innocuous as: “I’m training for my very first 10K.” Not good if you’re suing someone who hit your car for back pain and suffering. Lawyers will take the time to scroll the Facebook timeline and your … (1 comments)

social media safety: Social Media Scams on the rise - 07/16/15 11:49 PM
Social media is a conduit for thieves to get personal data (they can use it, for instance, to open up a credit line in the victim’s name). Though many people are concerned their personal information will get in the wrong hands, the funny thing is that they continue posting personal information—way too personal.
The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center says that social media is a fertile area for criminals to scam people.
You are lured to a phony website that masquerades as your bank or some other important account. The lure might be a warning that you’ll lose your account unless you click … (1 comments)

social media safety: Question: Should You worry about Kids on Social Media? - 06/11/15 11:35 PM
With all the increased news coverage of kids running off with adults they met online, and kids dying by suicide supposedly due to online bullying, many parents are wondering if their worries about their kids being online are justified.
We hardly hear about how social media has benefited kids. There’s nothing inherent about electronic communications or electronic media that makes it bad for kids. There will always be bad people out there—online and offline.
An article on lists multiple ways good things can come to kids who use social media.
Makes friendships stronger. The site did a study called Social Media, Social … (1 comments)

social media safety: 6 Tips for Protecting Your Social Media Accounts - 05/01/15 11:12 PM
10 years ago, many of us were hearing about social media for the first time. Now, social media plays a giant role in our lives, allowing us to share pictures, connect with family and friends, and get updated news. Through social media, we can express ourselves to our inner circle and the world.
So how devastating would it be if someone got a hold of your social media accounts?
They could really wreak some havoc, like sending dirty links to all of your followers on Twitter. Or worse, take personal information in order to steal your identity, which could take years to fix. … (3 comments)

social media safety: The Security Costs of being too Social - 02/24/15 09:12 PM
One of the arguments against being very virtually social is that nobody is SO important that everyone wants to know, for instance, that this person is going to be at the local sports bar watching the Super Bowl (or almost nobody; sad to say, some celebrities have half the world following them).
Another argument, however, against tweeting and posting your every move is that this tells burglars when you’ll be away from your house.
So, you’re important enough to post every detail of your life on Facebook…but NOT important enough to be the victim of crime, right?
Maybe you’re not … (1 comments)

social media safety: Social Media Identity Theft leads to Arrest - 12/18/14 09:10 PM
Are you one who believes you’re too smart, too savvy, to get your identity stolen in the social media world? Nobody thinks this will happen to them, and Stephanie Francis, 24, was no exception to that way of thinking.

A report from that the Jacksonville, Florida woman claims her identity was stolen—on social media of all places—and that the thief used it to create a phony Facebook account. This is interesting because there’s probably a ton of Facebook accounts under the name of “Stephanie Francis.” But there’s more to a fake Facebook account than using a name that a … (2 comments)

social media safety: Feds Perp Social Media Identity Theft - 11/20/14 09:33 PM
A federal agent impersonated a woman without her knowledge; he created a Facebook page in a woman named Sondra, and the Justice Department is defending him. In addition, he posted racy photos of her, from her cell phone, to the site. The site was being used to connect with suspected criminals.

Sondra learned of this when a friend wondered about the photos on the FB page; Sondra didn’t even have an FB account. The agent is with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Seems like he was simply doing what he had to do, because prior, Sondra had been arrested for … (0 comments)

social media safety: 8 Ways to bullet proof your Social Accounts - 08/10/14 04:31 AM
There are ways to keep the hackers at bay—for the most part, anyways, since no protection is 100 percent efficient.

#1 Password protect.
A device lost or stolen puts all your accounts at risk. Even simply placing your devices on your desk, they can be accessed by a nosy spouse, contractor or baby sitter, putting your accounts at risk. All of your devices should be protected by a password or some kind of passcode, and set to lock up or hibernate after a certain period of inactivity. The lock can be a fingerprint or even a picture password.
Even if … (6 comments)

social media safety: 7 Social Media Security Tips To Protect Your Business - 03/24/14 11:33 PM
Your employee's online life could open your business to some serious dangers.

Many small businesses recognize the benefits of having a social media presence for customer service and long-term marketing purposes. However, many are slow to recognize social media's security issues and how employees’ own social presence can add to the company's security issues.
Some companies restrict internal access. Others may prevent employees from having any corporate association outside of work on their own social platforms. This is due to the fact that whatever an employee says outside of work publicly can have a significant impact on the organization.
Turns … (0 comments)

social media safety: 7 Small Business Social Media Risks - 02/23/14 09:05 PM
Many executives are concerned about social media related risks (e.g., data security and ID theft), but far fewer actually have any social media training.

A recent survey of executives puts the concerns into four categories: disclosure of confidential information; damaged brand reputation; ID theft; and legal and compliance violations.
Another feature that the survey unveiled was that 71 percent of the participants believed that their company was worried about potential risks, but they also thought these risks could be avoided or resolved.
Over half the respondents said that their company lacked any social media risk assessment strategy.
Here’s another striking … (1 comments)

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