Social Graces: How to Use Social Media without Compromising Your Reputation, Identity, and Employer
Social media has revolutionized the way we interact with each other, and has made sharing information about ourselves easier than ever before. However, the ability to share personal information so easily has implications for our personal privacy and security, as well as our professional reputations and careers. Some of the dangers and risky behaviors associated with social media may be obvious, but many are not.
• Ideally only our friends would look at what we post online, but our personal information is just as valuable to a criminal as it is to our friends. What information should you avoid posting on social media?
• Most social media platforms have default privacy settings that are pretty lax, do you know who can see what you’ve posted?
• Shortened URLs are all over social media, making it a source of phishing attacks and the malware that comes with them. How can you recognize and avoid malicious links?
• What information are we really publishing when we post pictures from a mobile device?
• You probably know that posting drunken pictures is bad for your career, but how else can your activity on social media affect your professional life and reputation?
The various ways criminals use our information can be frightening and overwhelming, and the prevalence of social media today makes totally avoiding it impossible. As you begin your career, it will be important to keep in mind the impact that your social media activity can have on your privacy and reputation, and to use social media in a responsible way. By understanding all of the risks, you can protect yourself without limiting your social interactions online.