Social Media Risk

Whether purposefully or accidentally, many of us share a staggering amount of private information on the Internet. IT is important that individuals and organizations understand the type of information they may be unintentionally sharing.

Tips for Social Media Usage 

  • Don’t share anything that may be your employer’s intellectual property.
  • If you are a company, have a specific social media policy for employees.
  • Don’t mix business with your friends and family members.
  • Expect everything you post to show up on your resume at some point.
  • Every one of your posts will last an eternity on the Internet. They will come back to you.
  • Fully understand your objective on each social media site and don’t forget it.
  • No matter what site you are on, imagine that everyone you know is listening, including your boss, spouse, children and future employer.
  • Contrary to popular belief, the person with the most contacts does not win anything.
  • Always verify the motives of the person wanting to connect with you.
  • Don’t use the same password for all your social media sites. And definitely don’t use the same password you use at work or for your financial services.
  • Don’t click on unsolicited links.
  • Don’t post geo-location tagged pictures. Unfriendlies can use the information to track you and your family members.
  • Don’t post information that can be used to impersonate you or a loved one.

Risk Based Security is available for consulting and can help you and your organization address the risks and liability associated with using social media.

My Privacy Audit

Social Media – All fun and games until someone loses a job, a spouse, their reputation, a friend or an identity.

Since no rational person would purposely share so much self-damaging private information, social media users must suffer from either a “false expectancy of privacy” or a great naiveté that everyone viewing their information is a “friend.”  There can be no other explanation for the staggering amount of private information posted on today’s social media sites.

To assist both individuals and organizations alike, Risk Based Security has created “My Privacy Audit,” a free tool to help social media users better understand the risks resulting from their sharing behaviors.

The initial focus of MyPrivacyAudit is to calculate the privacy risks associated with a users’ behavior on Twitter. Risk calculations will soon include Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace and Google Plus+ to name a few.

We have created a free service called MyPrivacyAudit.  It can be found at: