We’ve certainly become accustomed to password-protected sites that allow our email, bank accounts, and social media sites to be private and secure. It’s nice to know that it’s possible to log on to see our very own information in a variety of places, control the information we post, and take comfort that our information is protected thanks to our special “code” or password, that no one else knows. So we think.
What if somebody else could figure out your passwords and “hack” into all of your private information? What would you do if they used that knowledge to turn on you in some way, violating your privacy? It’s scary to think that people have the ability to break codes and figure out how to steal other people’s confidential information. What can be even scarier is if you share your private information with the wrong people that then turn on you and use it at your expense.
Sharing passwords and the threat of hacking can be very dangerous to businesses, large and small. You may have heard in the news last month that two major national brands experienced the hacking of their social media accounts. Someone was able to hack into the Twitter account for Burger King and change their branding to McDonald’s, following it up with a string of inappropriate pictures and messages to all of the followers. Not long after, Jeep’s Twitter page was hacked and the hackers made a false announcement that Jeep had been sold to Cadillac.
Funny as it may seem that there was a security breach somewhere for these sites, it actually created quite a scare for these companies. Now they will likely scrutinize their social media management policies to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again. Let this be a lesson for you! It’s very important to create good passwords, and to closely protect them so that only the most trusted employees have access to certain accounts. Strategically decide who has access to passwords for social media sites, websites, and bank accounts. Make sure they are confidential and not accessible to other employees or friends. Employees come and go, and when there is staff turnover, make sure to change all of the passwords on accounts to which former employees had access.
Don’t find yourself in a situation where your company opens the door to a breach of security! Make password protection a high priority. You could really regret it if you don’t.