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Securing your Social Networking Brand standard

This post originally appeared on Jennifer Leggio’s Social Business blog at ZDNet (now with more links!). Social networking sites as innocent as LinkedIn and as provocative as Twitter (have you seen my stream?) have now become a personal branding vehicle for many professionals. Some of us have had the unfortunate experience of losing a job we barely had thanks to social networking. Others have seen it as the boost to their career they have been wanting for years. Let’s talk about security in the context of the latter. When I moved my blog to a setup I administered, I made two commitments to myself. The first is that I would make frequent backups because there has yet to be a ...

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The Social Security Office, an Identity Thief’s Heaven! standard

My wife is not into technology.  Or security.  Or UNIX.  Basically she looks at her Macbook as a way to check email, buy shoes, organize photos and videos, and make checklists for the babysitter.  So when she takes an interest in what I do, I REALLY perk up. She is very attentive to the things I do with our mail and sensitive information, only because she hears me talking about it all the time.  She knows not to give out passwords or personally identifying information.  She shreds expired cards and junk mail. She’s definitely more in tune to security than the average citizen. We recently noticed a reporting error from the Social Security Administration and the only way to clear ...

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Data Destruction is YOUR Responsibility! standard

Matt Springfield (formerly of I-Net Solutions, those were the days) posted about a problem he is having with his Apple Time Capsule, and what happens to the data when they blow up.  In his situation, a bad power supply prematurely ended the life of his device.  When he asked an Apple representative what they do with the old hard drive contained inside the device, she responded that there was no data destruction policy. No data destruction policy?  Wow, there must be some fun stuff in old equipment at Apple. For the record, I’m a Mac user.  The first computers I used were early generation Macs (think System 6), and then I switched to a PC for a while in college.  ...

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