Top 10 Tips to Protect Your Identity From the Gift(?) of Free Stuff
The price of free can cost you your identity, your wallet and if you lose either of these, your sanity. Protect your identity or pay a heavy price.
Free wifi has a price but so do free apps (ever look at the cost of a ‘free’ flashlight app on your phone- read this to find out the true cost), email and web offers that sound too good to be true (see kids, mom is always right) and all your social media sites that love all that personal information you post for anyone to see.
Protecting yourself can see overwhelming but there are 10 simple steps that you can take to reduce the cost of free.
And please, please don’t ever let your credit card or banking apps on your phone store your user name and password….doing so is like taking all your money and leaving it on the table.
And please, if you aren’t going to set up a password for your devices, at least don’t set up your personal or business email to open automatically in your browser. ‘Protect your identity’ means protecting any document, email or form.
And offline, here are some excellent points from NC.gov
We are all so busy that having to do ‘one more thing’ seems overwhelming at times, but sadly, there is simply no option. The pain of having someone steal your identity, or that of your childrens really is overwhelming and I speak from experience.
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What Harm Can a Tweet Make? Maybe More Than You Think!
Should employees use social media at work?
Muhammad Adeel Javaid a Cyber Security Expert & Speaker posted this question in an article on LinkedIn. He began : “I get it… You’re completely convinced that allowing your employees to get on Facebook and Twitter would pull the rug out from under your bottom line. Because of that, you block chat, tweets, and all other social networking to make sure your workers are doing only what you pay them for. I am here, however, to suggest that there can be a backlash from that approach.”
He went on to list 10 reasons why companies would benefit from allowing social media at work, including morale, communication, social research, PR and networking. To read the explanations for each item, click here. The articles was followed by expected responses: Yes, since they are going to do it anyway to a resounding No! since employees aren’t being paid to tweet. One reader commented that the response must be based on each employees occupation: No one wants an ER nurse or a machine operator to post while at work. Good point.
Jeremy Farrell, Global HR Service Delivery Model Leader – HRMS at IBM observed that “At IBM we allow and encourage responsible use of social media. We take it further though by implementing and encouraging the use of our own Communities, Blogs, Wikis, Apps etc. With 440k colleagues there is enough networking to keep us busy!! ”
Interesting but as IBM may allow, or even encourage their employees to post to Communities, Blogs, Wikis etc. this argument isn’t relevant since these company supported platform are managed and monitored by IBM’s employees. This system pretty much ensures that everyone will watch what they post, tweet etc.
But, if it is true that IBM encourage their employees to use their own private social media at work, should the company have the right to monitor all their employee posts, tweets and emails? It a complex problem for business owners, both enterprise and 2-3 person companies.
What to allow, what to monitor and what to (try to) prohibit? There are 3 main areas of concern for all business owners when it comes to social media, and that includes email, in the workplace:
Productivity, Security & Reputation and Workplace Harassment (any of which could hurt your business)