The New Social Status Quo: Security and Social Media

Naveen Krishnamurthy January 14, 2016 0
The New Social Status Quo: Security and Social Media

For every risk, there is a greater reward.

It is almost impossible to avoid social media. Instead, I have found that the key is to educate yourself to be aware of common security provisions.

As the CEO of a company geared toward innovative solutions for modern-day problems, social media has made me change the way I view security in this ever-growing digital world.

With a classified workforce, it is our duty at RIVA to ensure a secure and safe space for clients, although there are many risks associated with digital. Here are some security points to keep in mind when beginning social media use.

  1. Social Media and Security Threats: As tempting as it may be, posting your whereabouts could attract criminals. Here are some security hacks to be aware of before beginning to post on social media:
  • Having a weak password strength
  • Accepting any and all friend requests, tags, etc.
  • Clicking on phishing links
  • Letting criminals know your whereabouts
  • Enabling GPS on your phone, which can link directly to your status updates
  1. Social Media and Family: Everyone, young and old, is affected by the digital changes taking place in today’s world. Your family may face the very real security risks associated with having social media accounts. Here’s how to make sure you and your family use them in a secure way:
  • Use dedicated devices
  • Keep computers in a public space for younger children
  • Limit late night use
  • Discourage or disable downloads
  • Enable parental control/monitoring software
  • Educate and establish rules
  1. Social Media and Reputation Management: The reputation of your family, clients, and friends can be affected by an online persona. This comes in the form of reputation management. Here are some tips on how to do it best:
  • Social Media: Identify entry point for viruses, malware, phishing, etc.
  • Mobility: Be conscious of varied access to social media, e-mail, cloud, phone, video, etc.
  • Identity: Prevent other people from using your login credentials
  • Competition: Be aware of people who may try to steal trade secrets
  • Bad People: Prepare for the worst
  • Brand Awareness: Google yourself
  1. Common Sense: There are times when the boldness of being behind a screen can bring great confidence. It is at these times that the greatest mistakes and mishaps are made. Here are some common sense tips I live by before posting anything to the Internet:
  • Ask yourself if you would say it in real life
  • Is it too much information (TMI)?
  • Check your privacy setting.
  • Post smart.

When the above pieces of information are considered, the digital landscape could work in your favor. If there’s one thing to remember, it’s this: think before you post.

What are some of your best practices when posting to social media? We invite you to share experiences here!

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