5 Social Media Security Recommendations for Your Startup

August 4, 2016

11:45 am

Social media provides plenty of features for business development. Facebook, Twitter, and other networks are not just valuable but crucial tools for companies of all any sizes. However, usage of social networks by staff members may be risky for the organization’s security. A lot of business leaders and owners don’t realize that.


What a lot of people don’t realize is that social media houses a bevy of useful information to criminals and hackers alike. You can find out where someone works. You can find out their schedule, their loved ones, and even their biggest fears. Everything from personal information to company secrets can be found through a social media account if you aren’t careful.

So if you want to make sure your company stays safe from hackers, these privacy and security suggestions for safer social media use can go a long way.

Don’t Post About Your Job

The best way to keep hackers at bay is to never bring it up in the first place. It’s best to have your personnel avoid publishing any details about their job and responsibilities on social networking websites. Even if you can’t prevent all employees from mentioning their place of work on their Facebook page, a number of workers will certainly comply with this rule to maintain their job info away from social media.

Staff must be informed on how linking up the organization with their personal account may harm the business and result in a ripple reaction that could see the employee and the business in trouble.

Adjust Security and Privacy Settings

The social media accounts of your employees must always be arranged for their highest security. They should not depend on the default settings that could allow their accounts be susceptible to cyber threats.

Educating staffers on the necessity for the maximum security and privacy settings won’t protect everyone from every hacker out there. But it will definitely make things a little bit harder for the every day cyber attacker.

Create a Social Media Policy

Implement an office policy for the company’s social networking accounts. Draw guidelines on what exactly they can post, what’s not allowed to do. Create password policy that will guarantee your employees won’t be a security risk.

While there are hardly any policies that can bolster security substantially, a standard practice policy will let you manage employees and their actions on the web.

Don’t Prohibit Social Media in the Office

If you prohibit social media in the office, there will still be people that neglect this directive. People sometimes work out a solution to bypass the firewall. If they take these steps, the IT infrastructure becomes more insecure than before.

Allowing people to use the most popular websites on the internet is a necessity in providing an effective security system for your business. After all, when was the last time “abstinence-only” sex-ed worked?

Educate Your IT Department

The company’s technical workers are on the front line of defense against cyber attacks. So obviously, the IT and administration squads should be familiar with social media challenges. Criminals often penetrate the company’s IT infrastructure by phishing emails with viruses infecting systems after clicking malicious links.

Furthermore, the in-house policy for employees’ online behavior should be constantly revised and enforced. What staffers do on the internet demands continuous monitoring. Their usage of business tools and machines to visit specific web pages should be controlled and limited according to their privileges. To achieve this, a company should utilize antivirus solutions and invest in security consulting. Lastly, ensure all software and operating systems remain updated all the time.

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David Balaban is a computer security researcher with over 10 years of experience in malware analysis and antivirus software evaluation. David runs the Privacy-PC.com project which presents expert opinions on the contemporary information security matters, including social engineering, penetration testing, threat intelligence, online privacy and white hat hacking. As part of his work at Privacy-PC, Mr. Balaban has interviewed such security celebrities as Dave Kennedy, Jay Jacobs and Robert David Steele to get firsthand perspectives on hot InfoSec issues. David has a strong malware troubleshooting background, with the recent focus on ransomware countermeasures.

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