I wish I had knew more about this topic earlier- my Dad passed away two months ago, as an avid social media user himself he and I actually had a conversation about what he would want to happen to his "online pressence" in the envent that something did hypothetically happen, he simply said (his sudden death and sense of humor make me feel this must be quoted word for word) "I don't care, I would be dead. What would be important is what you guys would want to do with it! Seeing as your Mum still refuses to join Facebook, like she did once upon a time with Internet Banking too if you remember carefully, it would be up to you."
I immediately when I heard of his death, wanted to protect and save all my correspondence, messages and words from him online but ignorantly also thought it was best to request the page to be memorialised immediately as his high profile image may invite unwelcome activities I thought... I wish I hadn't... the more I look at death & social media & ownership & digital rights, the more it makes me aware we need some better answers before the "digital natives" are anywhere near old enough to worry about the kind of things I have been struggling with trying to keep, claim or save anything of someones life online...
A survey finds that 60 percent of executives view Facebook as a security threat. Meanwhile, experts see LinkedIn as a particular area of vulnerability.
By Courtney Rubin | Feb 2, 2010 | http://www.inc.com/news/articles/2010/02/social-network-attacks-have-tripled.html
By Minda Zetli | http://technology.inc.com/internet/articles/201101/unintended-consequences-how-to-keep-social-media-from-becoming-a-security-risk.html?partner=newsletter_Technology
Furthermore, over 72% of firms believe that employees’ behavior on social networking sites could endanger their business’s security. This has increased from 66% in the previous study. The number of businesses that were targets for spam, phishing and malware via social networking sites increased dramatically, with spam showing the sharpest rise from 33.4% in April to 57% in December. This highlights a surge in exploitation of such sites by spammers2.
A new study ranks America's most trusted companies -- and reveals customers' feelings about how safety affect the brand.
By Courtney Rubin | Mar 12, 2010 | http://www.inc.com/news/articles/2010/03/making-privacy-a-priority.html
In addition to having shaky privacy policies among small businesses with Web sites, security on small business sites may be an issue as well: the survey reports that 21 percent of small businesses don't know if they have encrypted pages on their web site, and 30 percent admitted that they didn't know if they were PCI compliant. This lack of knowledge invites privacy lapses and security breaches that could lead to a consumer's information being stolen or abused. Furthermore, it suggests a critical need for steps to ensure the Web site is a trustworthy landing point so that small businesses may conduct business safely and their customers have the best, safest experience possible.
Consumer discomfort online can be a huge pain point in online sales, according to recent research:
These statistics indicate a critical need for companies to demonstrate compliance with privacy best practices to gain consumer trust. Although privacy may often be overlooked by small businesses, it is essential to a company's success in an anemic economic climate.
For more information on privacy for small businesses and to take an online quiz, go to www.truste.com/about/privacy_policy_quiz.html
Making sure we have back ups?
What would happen if you lost all of the data you share on social networks? Here's why, and how you should back up your favorite social tools.
Imagine if your Facebook account were suspended and deleted. What would you do if your entire LinkedIn network suddenly disappeared? If your Flickr photos were no longer accessible or if Twitter crashed yet again, only this time for good?
Online networking and collaboration have become a dominant part of our daily routines. According to a recent study conducted by Nielsen and released in early August, social networking occupies twice as much of our time online as any other activity. Facebook and Twitter alone account for 22.7% of our time on the web, with online games and e-mail a distant second and third, respectively.