social media security: 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 security: Protect Your Company with This Social Media Security Advice - 05/01/18 06:36 AM
Social media is an excellent tool for small businesses, yet, the use of social media by small business staff can definitely put the company in danger. Many small business owners and managers don’t realize this.
Recently, I was talking to employees of a credit union about what to do in a robbery. Before this presentation, police officers had staged a robbery in the same credit union. The fake robbery was so real, some of the tellers were brought to tears, thinking they were really getting robbed.
After they were filled in on what was happening, everyone on the team discussed it. One of … (18 comments)

social media security: 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 security: Getting Owned or Pwned SUCKS! - 06/13/17 11:32 AM
A well done New York Times article recently re-introduced this topic to the masses. Being “owned” isn’t new, but the term is not becoming part of popular culture. If you use the internet or are often on social media, odds are good that you have been OWNED. Whether you are called out for a misspelling on your latest Facebook post, or you were proven wrong after sharing a “fact” or post from another site…you have probably been owned.
The word “owned” comes from the hacker world, and real “ownage” is not just about proving you wrong. You might also see it as … (1 comments)

social media security: Stop being a Social Media Idiot - 12/27/16 06:12 AM
Leave personal details off your Facebook page.
Does the whole world—or even your private circle, many of whom you haven’t seen in person for years, or even at all—have to know you’re laid up from hernia surgery (i.e., vulnerable, defenseless)?
Try this experiment for a week: Assume that the only visitors to your Facebook are 1) future possible employers, 2) master gossip spreaders and reputation bashers, and 3) your future in-laws (if you’re not married). This should really change the game plan of how you post.
Never send naked photos of yourself.
Not even to your significant other. After all, in many cases of leaked … (11 comments)

social media security: 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 security: 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 security: 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 security: Stay Safe While Traveling this Summer - 08/05/15 11:52 PM
So, when you think about summer travel safety, what comes to mind? Which beach you’ll be lounging on? Sunburns? Shark attacks? While sunburns and vacation plans are rational concerns most have when traveling during the summer, shark attacks are a new one.
With all of the news of recent shark attacks, people are now anxious about wading into the waters, despite the fact that the chances of getting mauled by a shark are a whopping one in 3.7 million. No guarantees, of course, but your odds are looking pretty good.
Conversely, the odds of getting your identity stolen or your other valuable information compromised while on … (0 comments)

social media security: 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 security: 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 security: 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 security: 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 security: 10 Tips to Protect Yourself on Social Networks - 05/12/14 10:51 PM
With the prevalence of mobile devices, more than ever, it’s easy for us to share our lives with the world. And yes, social networks are all about staying in touch with friends and family, and sharing events in your life, but perhaps it’s too easy to share information?

With just a few clicks, posts and messages, you could give away enough personal information to compromise your privacy and even open yourself up to identity theft. So that’s why it’s critical that you know how to protect yourself when using these sites. Here’s my top 10 list:
Remember the Internet is … (42 comments)

social media security: 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 security: Prankster Creates and Kills Fake Social Media Profiles - 06/06/11 03:42 PM
This is just weird, but what about social media isn’t weird? We “friend” people we’ve never met. We share our plans, location, and mother’s maiden name with the world.
In New Zealand, weird can be defined as a 28-year-old Auckland woman who created and used several fake online profiles depicting young, pretty women to befriend unsuspecting high school boys.
I can definitely see my 16-year-old self falling for this.
Sometimes, after creating a fake Facebook profile, the woman would use her other online personas to break the news that her fictitious creation had been killed, referring her high-school friends to a … (2 comments)

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