Posts Tagged ‘facebook’

Getting FIRED over FACEBOOK?!

Posted on August 17th, 2011 by Anna in Resources

Yes, it’s possible! The Federal Trade Commission approved the creation of a “Social Intelligence Report” that your employers, or potential employers, can look at to determine what you’ve been up to and whether or not they want you for the job.

These reports generally flag four things you need to make note of to keep yourself safe, and hireable: racially insensitive remarks, sexually explicit materials, flagrant displays of weaponry, and other demonstrations of clearly illegal activity. The best thing you can do is to keep away from posting about these things on any and all social networking sites you might be on. Don’t do them in the first place, and don’t post about them, even if it’s something your friends are doing without you. They’ll check out your friends list and if you have too many “sketchy” people there, that’s a red flag for them too.

Also remember, this applies to ALL social networking sites. Not just Facebook. Tweets on Twitter are now being archived in other places as well, so be sure to keep your posts clean! As PC Magazine says, if you don’t want your dear old sweet grandmother to see it, don’t post it. Duh.

According to a 2009 survey from CareerBuilder, 45% of employers use social networking sites to screen potential hires. 29% through Facebook, 26% through LinkedIn, 11% through blogs, and 7% through Twitter.

18% of employers found something positive on social networking sites to encourage them to hire someone, while 35% found netagive things to keep them from looking at a candidate again. Notice the large gap between the two, and how relatively low they both are, the positive especially? Make note of that and don’t forget it.

There are five things that are sure to get you fired, or never hired in the first place:

1.) Digital Dirt – self-incriminating photos, or a blog about your drug habits and the night you went clubbing with some friends that went horribly wrong.

2.) Terrible Troll – Scrolling through tons of social media and leaving pointless comments everywhere you can, including as many curse words as possible. This makes it seem like you have nothing to do all day, and an employer might think you’ll spend your workday doing nothing. There’s also a reason curse words are called curse words. No one wants to hear them, so keep them to yourself, please. 

3.) Big Mouth – Talking about how much you hate your current or past boss(es). Your potential boss will wonder when (not if) you’ll start to bitch about them online, and they certainly don’t want to be seen in a bad light themselves. Just put yourself in their shoes. Would you like it if someone started talking trash about you online? The same thing is true for your friends. Even if you’re “just joking” it’s not cool to talk trash about anyone, regardless of what you’re saying. A future employer will take that as a sign that you might start doing that to your coworkers, setting the stage for a broken workplace.

4.) Copious Contacts and Comments – Having a lot of “sketchy” people listed as friends and subsequent “sketchy” comments from them. You don’t need to “friend” everyone who asks to “friend” you. Especially if you don’t know who they are!

5.) Keeping all comments negative, including things that should be positive like awards you might have won, or the fun you had on your date last night. You did have fun, right? Just remember not to go into too much TMI when you talk about that cute girl from down the street!  

Also keep in mind that some sites like Facebook don’t let you delete your profile. You can “deactivate it”, but that doesn’t delete it permanently. The only thing you need to do to get your profile back again is to sign in. It’s that simple. So before you decide to get a Facebook account, keep things like that in mind.

 Wondering what all these social networking sites are that I’ve mentioned?  Want to know the best ways to navagate through the digital world so you can get to the other side unscathed? Check out this article for additional information: Social Networking 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2389428,00.asp Even if you’re familiar with these sites already, it won’t hurt to give this article a quick read through. You never know what you might learn!

 The info for this blog post came from www.pcmag.com and www.mindflash.com.

Facebook Security Risks!

Posted on March 18th, 2011 by Anna in Resources

Many thousands of people use Facebook every day. Look at the websites you visit, and I’m sure it’s one of them. But, did you know it’s a piece of cake for someone to get your personal information from you to use against you? All they have to do is ask simple questions, or pose as your friend to find out what the password is to your bank account. Crooks understand that most people use the same password for everything. Find out one important thing about you, and they’re golden.

An article recently posted online lists the few basic ways your information can be stolen right out from under your nose. In fact, most of the time, YOU’RE the one giving the information to the crooks, through your own keystrokes! Here’s the list of things to watch out for:

1. Who knows you best?

The message reads:

Can you do this? My middle name __________, my age ___, my favorite soda _______, my birthday ___/___/___, whose the love of my life ______, my best friend _____, my favorite color ______, my eye color _______, my hair color ______ my favorite food ________ and my mom’s name __________. Put this as your status and see who knows you best.

How many of these are the same facts your bank asks to verify your identity? Put this as your status and everybody — including all the people who want to hijack your bank account and credit cards — will know you well enough to make a viable attempt.

2. Your friend [Name here] just answered a question about you!

Was it possible that an old friend answered a question about me that I needed to “unlock?” Absolutely. But when you click on the link, the next screen should give you pause: 21 Questions is requesting permission to … (a) access your name, profile picture, gender, networks, user ID, friends and any other information shared with everyone … (b) send you email … (c) post to your wall … and … (d) access your data any time … regardless of whether or not you’re using their application.

Can you take that access back — ever? It sure doesn’t look like it. There’s no reference to how you can stop them from future access to your data in their “terms and conditions.” Worse, it appears that to “unlock” the answer in your friend’s post, you need to answer a bunch of questions about your other friends and violate their privacy too. …The roughly 850 people who joined “People Who Hate 21 Questions on Facebook” apparently have [given their information] and can give you insight into just how pernicious this program can be.

3. LOL. Look at the video I found of you!

This is the most dangerous of all the spam messages and it comes in a variety of forms, says Clare. It’s actually a bid to surreptitiously install malware on your computer. This malware can track your computer keystrokes and record your sign-in and password information with all of your online accounts.

How does it work? When you click on the link, it says that you need to upgrade your video player to see the clip. If you hit the “upgrade” button, it opens your computer to the crooks, who ship in their software. You may be completely unaware of it until you start seeing strange charges hit your credit cards or bank account. Up-to-date security software should stop the download. If you don’t have that, watch out.

Better yet, if you really think some friend is sending you a video clip, double-check with the friend to be sure before you click on the link. When I messaged my high-school classmate to ask if she’d really sent this, she was horrified. Her Facebook account had been hijacked and anyone who clicked through was likely to have their account hijacked too. That’s how this virus spreads virally.

4. We’re stuck!

It started out as an email scam, but now the “We’re stuck in [Europe/Asia/Canada] and need money” scam has moved to instant messages on Facebook, where it can be more effective. Most people have learned not to react to the email, but instant messages help crooks by forcing you to react emotionally — They’re right there. They need help, now. A friend got one of these messages last week from the parents of a close friend. Her reaction was the perfect way to deal with it: She immediately called her friend and said “Have you talked to your parents lately?” The response: “Yeah. They’re right here.”


Facebook has launched a security system to combat account hijacking that allows crooks to send messages and posts through your account. You can get updates on what they’re doing at Facebook’s security page, where they’ve also got a nice little security quiz that’s definitely worth taking.

This list is by Kathy Kristof, and originally posted on www.yahoo.com.

All in all, BE CAREFUL with the information you give out, no matter who you think you’re giving it to, and always check in with people you know who’ve sent you something suspicious or odd.

It’s NOT OK To Post These Things Online

Posted on September 15th, 2010 by Anna in News

In today’s day in age, it’s so easy to connect with friends new and old online. You can even make new friends online that you’ve never met in person. And, in creating an account on a social networking site to do just that, you very often will add personal information about yourself.

What’s your favorite color? Your favorite band? Where do you live?

But did you know that some of this information is better left of the internet? It’s true. Putting personal info online is actually more dangerous than you may think.

Sure, you want all your friends to know it’s your birthday, but if you tell them the exact date and location you were born, you’re giving someone enough information to figure out your social security number. Scary huh?

There’s more. Post it on your wall that you’re going away on vacation, tell those crooks exactly which Hawaiian island you’re going to and what hotel you’re staying in. They’ll know where to find you, or even when you’re away from your home so they can steal everything out from under you.

Something else to keep in mind is that many people don’t actually know the people they’re “friends” with online. There’s a reason Twitter has a lock feature you can activate on your account. That way, friends have to ask you for permission to follow your Twitter feed. And if you get weird people asking to see what you’re typing, you can decline their request at the simple push of a button. That way, only people you trust can see what you type.

You might have been friends with someone online for 5 years, but if you’ve never actually met them, how do you know they’re not playing you, and planning to steal from you at some point in your life. You don’t. True, not everyone is out to rob you or hurt you, but these days you just can’t be too sure.

When you sign into your bank account online they will always ask you a bunch of security questions to make sure it’s really you if you ever forget your password. Those questions tend to be things like “What’s your favorite food?” “Where did you grow up?” and the most common is “What’s your mother’s maiden name?” If you post these on Facebook, or any other social networking site, robbers now have the answers to these questions. They can go through each one until they find the correct question and answer set to get into your account and access all of your money. Super scary, isn’t it?

And last, but not least, don’t ever write confessions online about how you smoked a lot of dope last weekend, or complain about your coworker’s annoying habits. Your boss is checking up on you, and if they find any reason to fire you posted on your Facebook account, believe me, they just might do it. Also, your future employer will be checking up on you online when you send them a resume. They want to make sure they’re hiring the right person, but if they find out about something you did recently that doesn’t jive with their expectations of their employees, there’s a good chance they won’t hire you. And you really need that job too, so don’t do it.

All in all, it’s best to play it safe online. One can never be too cautious.

I Know Where You Live

Posted on August 13th, 2010 by Anna in News

Not so long ago there was no such thing as a digital camera, never mind a smart phone that could take pictures, send text messages, and call other people all in one handy little device.

Now it’s possible to have one device that can do everything for you just short of doing your dishes, or washing your laundry, and it’s quite common for people to take pictures and post them online. Everybody does it these days. So, what’s the harm? Plenty.

Your new digital camera or smart phone are GPS equipped, and thus, can embed a geotag to any photo you take on it. What does that mean? Say you take a picture of yourself in front of your brand new house, just eager to show it off. Then, you post that picture online to show your friends and family back home that you’ve moved out of the dumpy apartment building and into something nice. Well, you’re not just showing them where you live. You’re showing the whole world. You might not have labeled the picture with your home address, complete with the city and street names, but to those who know about geotagging, you’ve given them that information freely without even knowing it.

According to a New York Times article entitled “Web Photos That Reveal Secrets, Like Where You Live” (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Web-Photos-That-Reveal-nytimes-2375510549.html?x=0&.v=1), it’s not hard for someone in the know to do an internet search for geotaged photos that have text included which could say anything from “off to work” to “on vacation”. They’ll know where you live, and whether or not you’re home. Sounds inviting to theives doesn’t it?

Just bought a brand new car, didn’t you? Tricked it out something pretty awesome too, I bet. And you posted the picture online… you get the idea.

But, there is something you can do about it! If you know your way around your camera or your GPS enabled phone, you can disable the geotag ability. Just make sure you don’t entirely wipe out your GPS, which might be needed in an emergency when you’re trying to reach 911. Because it’s not an easy thing to do, there are several websites out there with instructions on how to do this, such as www.ICanStalkU.com which was created by security consultants from NWN Corporation and Mayhemic Labs in Waltham and Boston, Massachusetts.

Of course, this doesn’t just apply to pictures you take and post online. Your friends and family may also take pictures of you or your things and post them on a website without a clue what they’re actually doing. And don’t forget the photos you take and email to your friends. If you haven’t disabled the geotagging on your phone or camera, they may upload that cute picture you took of your dog and tell the world what you’ve got and where you’re located.

It’s your choice whether or not you turn off the geotagging ability of your fancy photo-taking device, but either way, it’s wise to at least know what you could be setting yourself up for if you don’t.