In less than a decade, social networking has become one of the most common Internet activities across the world – something many persons can no longer imagine living without. In addition to personal use, organizational use of such resources for social media marketing is now essentially universal. Anyone who uses Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, MySpace, Pinterest, Reddit, Snapchat, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube, or any of the hundreds of other social networking resources should be aware of the standard practices for safer use. Unsafe use can put the following at greater risk:
- Personal reputations, relationships, and even personal safety;
- Professional reputations, employment, or other formal affiliations; and
- The data, financial standing, and reputation of any organizations for which one works or with which one is affiliated.
The newest module in the CITI Program Information Privacy and Security (IPS) series, Safer Social Networking, summarizes the most common risks and the recommended practices. To add this module for your organization, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.