Social media has become a defining characteristic of the modern age. Individuals rely on it for keeping in touch with friends, while it serves as an important platform for businesses to keep up with their customers. However, social media is also a bastion for the misguided to overshare private information about themselves and others.
People of all backgrounds and ages are guilty of oversharing, and oftentimes they’re completely unaware of the possible consequences. From a business perspective, oversharing is an open invitation to a potentially catastrophic data breach by way of a targeted phishing scam or similar attack.
You owe it to the integrity of your business and the safety of your employees to educate everyone on your team about the threats of oversharing. After all, attacks are only increasing in size and scope, with millions of online accounts being compromised every single day.
How Much Does the Web Know About You?
Those highly concerned with their personal privacy already understand that social media platforms are all about sharing their lives with others. However, people should always be aware that every word or photo they post on a public platform has the potential to be there for good and in full public view.
Many social media users take privacy settings for granted despite the fact they’re becoming increasingly meaningless. You might think that sharing a post with friends means that only your friends will see it, but there’s always a high chance of it ending up in the public domain, regardless of the privacy settings you use. After all, even Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is far from immune to privacy breaches.
While there are plenty of people who seem to be content sharing absolutely every last detail of their private lives online, many unwittingly share information they never even thought about. Some common examples include approximate location information when using mobile devices and social usage habits such as the number of likes, interests, and other interactions.
In conclusion, it’s much safer to refrain from posting sensitive information on social media -- unless you don’t mind the whole world seeing it. Instead, if you want to maintain any semblance of privacy, stick to using email from a reputable provider.
How Hackers Can Use Your Data
Digital data has become the most valuable commodity in the world, and that’s why hackers are after it in droves. Even in the least innocuous of cases, stolen data such as contact details will be used for spam advertising, but that’s certainly not all you have to worry about.
Aside from heralding the complete extinction of personal privacy, oversharing online also leaves people open to an even more serious threat – identity theft. The smarter among cybercriminals rely on the very fact that many people share too much online to carry out research into their potential victims.
Whereas most social engineering scams are targeted toward general audiences, so-called spear-phishing attacks are targeted toward individuals. Although anyone can be a target, scammers often go for high-value targets such as human resources and sales employees as well as company directors and executives themselves. To personalize attacks and earn the trust of their victims, hackers rely on information about the target they’ve gleaned from social media profiles and other platforms.
Part of protecting your confidential information is having a complete line of sight into all data being transmitted in and out of your corporate network. Here at Level 5 Management, we provide the tools and expertise you need to make your security woes a thing of the past. Call us today to learn more.