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Jul 21, 2009

What are the social security mistakes peoples make and How to avoid it

What are the social security mistakes peoples make? and How to avoid it?

Mistake No1 : Experts call this is ‘a sin of pride’ which primarily means over sharing company activities. Many a times we are excited about the product or solution our company is working on and tend to share it online. We leak such information many a times through those tweets or Facebook messages, at times deliberately or sometimes without realising through. Little we realise that by sharing our company's intellectual property we are not only helping its competitor but also endangering our job.

According to security experts, sharing this kind of information could lead to targeted attacks on specific technology-producing enterprises.

Mistake No.2 : Mixing personal with professional is a sin both online and offline. It is imperative that we keep our professional things strictly away from the personal.

According to experts, the sin is closely similar to the first, but extends beyond disclosure of company data. A common example is Facebook, which users often use for both business and pleasure. As here one's circle usually includes all: business associates, family members and friends.

For example the language and pictures that one may use may be inappropriate on the professional side. A prospective employer may choose to skip to the next candidate after seeing your drunk picture. Also, be sure of your profile.

According to experts, one needs to clearly understand the objective of his/her presence on any given social network. If it is for work, keep it for work only. If it is for personal/fun use, keep it for personal use only.

Mistake No.3 : Experts term this, sin of wrath. It is common for one to rant or be negative after a ugly fight with his boss or after being laid off or even when one feels he's been deprived of his due share in the organisation ladder.

But experts warn to be careful of what you say online when angry. For, everyone may be listening, including your boss, spouse or future employer. Posting content when angry can prove to be disastrous, so think many a times before clicking 'submit' because the world may be looking at your angry, immature rant for years, warns expert.

Mistake No.4 : Many social networkers believe that networking is all about accumulating as many connections as possible. They believe that he/she who dies with the most connections wins. According to experts on CSO, many LinkedIn users are notorious for doing this. Though this may look harmless, one also risks the chances of getting link to a scamster, terrorist or identity thief in this game of quantity.

It is critical to always verify the person who wants to get in contact with you. According to a network and security architect/engineer, it is better to have 50 relevant contacts than 500 unknowns.

Mistake No.5 : Experts blame this common sin on laziness. This means going for easy passwords for your social networks that you're least likely to forget. In many cases, this includes using the same password for LinkedIn and Facebook that you use for your online bank or trading account or even office PC.

As in such cases, if a hacker cracks your password on one account, rest is a smooth sail for him.

Mistake No.6 : This is a warning for all those ‘click happy' social networkers. According to CSO report, "Facebook in particular is notorious as a place where inboxes are stuffed with everything from drink requests to cause requests." However, experts warn that though for many social networkers, clicking on such requests is as natural as breathing.

They don't realise that scamsters too know this and send links that appear to be from legitimate friends. Open the link and you're inviting a piece of malware to infect your machine.

Mistake No.7 : This is the most serious sin of all and can be termed one of information over load. According to security experts, be very chary of all the personal information you are putting about yourself and your family.

As too much detail about your family, spouse or children poses the risk of identity thief or even may attract a kidnapper.