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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.

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.