How We Put Our Own Privacy at Risk

Personal information that seems harmless to share online can compromise an individual’s privacy or even create a security breach in the workplace.

In an article on the PC World website, Tony Bradley says businesses should govern the use of social networking on their computers and network resources. Bad online habits that start at home – namely divulging information that should be kept private – can jeopardize the business world.

According to a study by Consumer Reports, 38 percent of adult social network users had posted their full birth date online; forty-five percent of those with children had posted their children’s photos; and eight percent had posted their own street address.

“The dirty little secret of network and information security is that consumers have jobs, and they bring those same social networking practices into the workplace as well,” Bradley writes. He recommends that employers establish boundaries regarding which social networks employees can or can’t visit, and how much time spent on personal social networking is acceptable in the workplace. More importantly, Bradley writes, employees should learn how seemingly innocuous information can compromise security. The article gives examples of how a well-intended detail posted on Facebook or Twitter can cause far more damage than social networking sites can.

To read the PC World article, click here: