fbHave you been lulled into a false sense of security thinking that Facebook is an innocuous playground of social chatter that has nothing to do with your job? If you access Facebook or other social media sites from the office, you are putting yourself and your company at risk. This behavior could expose your company to liability and could jeopardize your career.

There are numerous scams on Facebook (malware, phishing, access token theft, etc.) that are designed to compromise your security credentials. If you are using the same or similar passwords for your Facebook account as for work, you are risking your company’s sensitive network data. Even using similar security questions could put your personal information into the wrong hands. Answers to questions like "Who was your first girlfriend/boyfriend?" or "What street did you live on as a child?" or "What was the name of your first pet?" are commonly used across many web sites and once these answers are compromised, a thieves could use this information to gain access to other Internet resources you have access to.

More and more applications are also integrating with Facebook and other social media but some are of those applications are “Phishing” scams in disguise that will attempt to compromise your password credentials or answers to your common security questions while pretending to be a legitimate Facebook application. Here is a good example:  https://adamcaudill.com/2016/05/22/seamless-phishing/

Facebook posts are designed to be shared, but some are simple “Sharebaiting” or “Clickjacking” links promise “too-good-to-be-true” offers that will attempt to gain personal information from you in exchange for a prize, a deep discount, or winning a free trip somewhere. Some of these links request your permission to re-post or post on your behalf. Most people don’t read the long agreements they are signing when they opt-in, but this is dangerous because you could be giving a programmer permission to install an application that will advertise from your account at any time or worse, access to your computer's resources. Here are some popular scams: http://www.hoax-slayer.net/category/scams/facebook-scams/

Be careful what you click on and where you are clicking on it. It’s best practice to keep your Facebook and other social media browsing habits on your home computer or smartphone and not your work computer unless you use your home computer or smartphone to access work resources. If you have any questions, check out your social media site's help and security pages or just call your IT department. They will be glad to help you with all your security questions since it makes their jobs easier in the long run.

For help with Facebook security questions, use this link: https://www.facebook.com/help/www/ and click on the security section.

Also check with other social media help sites:

Instagram:  https://help.instagram.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/settings/security

LinkedIn https://security.linkedin.com/