The age of social media has let millions of people reconnect and stay up-to-date with family members, friends, in-laws and acquaintances. It also continues to shape how we all communicate with each other. It’s important to keep a few things in mind before you check your news feed. Remember that there is no delete button on the Internet and EVERYONE knows how to capture a screenshot.

Even if you keep your social media completely private, when relationships change, nothing is private. Are you going to be comfortable in 10 years with what you post today? It will be archived forever.

If you post in online forums or comment on news-related websites, consider using a pseudonym. Don’t share names of real businesses, clients, friends or family. If a bank manager wouldn’t allow a picture of all of the money in the vault to be shared on the Internet, then you shouldn’t allow a picture containing any confidential, financial, legal or other protected documents and items to be shared either. A good social media policy in the office now can save headaches down the road.

Protecting your company requires two simple steps at a minimum. The first is to have a written company policy that details what employees can and can’t do with company resources or during company hours. Next, you’ll want to have a content filtering system in place that will enforce your policy by automatically “policing” your company e-mail and Internet usage, blocking sites and content you don’t want your employees to access without hindering their ability to work online. If you want to know for sure how much time your employees are spending on non-work related surfing and what web sites they are accessing, call us at 707.205.3727, or shoot us a email with “content filtering” in the subject line, for a free trial of our content filtering software.

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