Even seemingly harmless comments on your business accounts, such as, “We had our most profitable weekend at the restaurant in five years tonight” could entice a burglar.
You can mitigate the risk of criminal activity by following these tips:
• Establish guidelines. Tell employees what they can and can’t write on the business social media accounts. Be very specific to ensure compliance.
• Ask employees not to post details about work on personal accounts. Of course, you have no way of controlling their activity. However, if you explain, using real-life stories, how criminals have used social media to attack people and organizations, many employees will comply with your request.
• Train employees to use privacy settings. Default privacy settings offer employees little protection against cyber-attacks. Hold a training session and teach employees how to maximize their protection on all their social media accounts.
• Arm your IT people. Provide your IT staff with the training and resources necessary to monitor employees’ social media activity, recognize risks and take steps to reduce those risks.
— Adapted from “Protect Your Business with 5 Social Media Security Tips,” Robert Siciliano, Entrepreneur, www.entrepreneur.com.