In the office setting, IT and security officers can control how social media is used -- or not used.
However, a lot of employees conduct work from their home office during off-work hours, often on personally owned computers used by multiple family members and connected to the Internet outside the company network. It raises the question: Are you still practicing good social-media security in your home office?
I spoke with Larry Gordon, president of global channels at iYogi today about protecting data on computers used outside the office network. iYogi specializes in support for home use and small business. The security issues with social media, particularly Facebook, will continue to be a growing concern. Consider this: Facebook has a growth rate of over 900 percent.
Gordon said that users in the corporate setting should have built-in security within the network and IT service, and policy is (or should) be in place regarding social-media use. For those using a personal computer on a home network, Gordon said the first line of social-media security is four simple steps (assuming your computer is already equipped with antivirus software and a firewall):
Misleading apps are a primary security problem on Facebook, followed closely by friend requests from strangers and corporate privacy settings turned off. Anyone who is using the computer that also has access to sensitive work-related material should be instructed on how to use Facebook safely and securely.
One final piece of advice from Gordon: If you aren't sure, ask. Either your business security folks or your home security service should be able to tell you whether that app you want to download is OK or a security threat.