Risky Business—Who’s in Your Social Network?

In addition to being a place you can catch up with friends and share updates with your family, social media can also be a very scary place. As social media evolves, the effects of sharing information (especially too much information) in social channels still remain to be seen. A recent survey by InfoArmor revealed that although social media users cite crime and loss of privacy as their most feared outcomes of oversharing, they do little to protect themselves online.

Are you a statistic of sloppy social media use?

80% Acknowledge half or fewer or their connections are not true friends.

40% Rarely or never check their privacy settings.

41% “Friend” a user they don’t know based on a mutual connection.

2X More likely to have your social ID stolen if you’re a Millennial.

Check out the full survey for more startling statistics on Americans social media use.

What can you do to protect yourself online?

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when protecting your social footprint. Although we live in a time when identity fraud occurrence isn’t an if, but a when, you do have the power to reduce your risk of compromise:

  1. Be vigilant in checking your privacy settings on your social channels;
  1. Be cognizant of the consequences of posting highly personal or too much information, since information shared online can never truly be erased;
  1. Censor yourself. Only post information that would not be damaging to you in in the future; and
  1. Lead by example and teach children and teens not to overshare, and take ownership of your personal information online.

How savvy are employers when it comes to social media?

The answer is a surprising – not very! A recent survey among the HR community revealed that although HR and hiring managers acknowledge the dangers employees’ social media activities pose, firms are not adapting to address these impending threats. Consider that:

40% Cite damage to their companies as their greatest fear of employee social media use.

56%  Have a social media policy in place, but…

70% Don’t actively monitor their social media policy.

Young Group Social Media

When it comes to social media use, companies are trusting that their employees will not compromise themselves or their employers. In a world where the volume of information shared on social is

staggering, the potentially devastating effects of this laissez-faire approach should be keeping executive management up at night.

While educating employees about appropriate social media use is beneficial, employers should not only adopt strong social media policies, but also implement procedures to actively enforce the policies with clearly indicated consequences for inappropriate use.

Visit InfoArmor’s full survey for more information about social media trends in HR.


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