Social Media

‘Insta-bragging’ Could Invalidate Your Insurance

Wanting to share photographs from your holiday on social media is perfectly reasonable. However, posting those updates could leave you vulnerable to risks, such as burglary or, in the future, could invalidate your contents insurance policy.

Experts warn that soon ‘Insta-bragging’, which involves posting photographs while on holiday, could invalidate your insurance by violating your policy’s ‘reasonable care’ clause. This clause usually applies to your responsibility to lock windows and doors, thus ensuring you’re taking reasonable care to deter burglars. However, in the future, this could apply to social media posts you make while on holiday.

Even though you may not think that posting a simple snapshot is risky, it could alert burglars that your home is empty and vulnerable. In fact, according to alarm and security systems provider, ADT, 78 per cent of burglars use Facebook and Twitter to target potential vulnerable properties. (more…)

What the GDPR Means for Your Personal Data and Social Media Accounts

In less than one year, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force and significantly impact how companies are allowed to handle your personal information. Beginning on 25 May 2018, companies will be required to explicitly ask for your consent to collect and use your personal information. What’s more, if your information has been hacked, companies are required to inform you of the incident.

Additionally, the GDPR will afford you the ‘right to be forgotten’, which means that you can have your personal data erased from a database if there is no legitimate ground for the company to retain it. Legitimate grounds, as defined by the GDPR, include freedom of expression and scientific research. (more…)

How Instagram Could Be Damaging Your Mental Health

Instagram is the worst social media app for young people’s mental health, according to a survey where participants were asked to rate different social media sites for their impact on personal health and well-being.

On Instagram, youths may compare themselves to friends by looking at photos of a certain body image or social life.

In fact, the Royal Society for Public Health says that social media sites, such as Instagram, may be the reason for a higher prevalence of mental health issues in today’s youth. Luckily, there are several ways to minimise mental health problems caused by social media: (more…)

The Popular Social Media Post That Makes You Vulnerable to Hackers

A recent popular Facebook post asks users to provide a list of 10 concerts, and then challenges the user’s friends to guess the concert that they haven’t attended. While this type of post can resurface unforgettable memories of past concerts, it can also open the door for cyber criminals to steal your information.

Often, websites ask security questions to recover your password: one of which may ask about your first concert. Accurately responding to this question, then revealing the answer publicly on social media allows thieves to more easily breach your account and steal personal information. (more…)

Don’t Let Social Media Tarnish Your Organisation’s Reputation

Seventy-four per cent of board members believe that reputational damage is the most concerning repercussion of an incident, according to research from the Economic Intelligence Unit. Regardless of your organisation’s size, your reputation, which is intrinsically linked to your brand, is a precious commodity that is just as important to bolster and protect as your goods and services. Those tasks are made both infinitely easier and more difficult with social media.

As a tool, social media connects your organisation to potential customers around the world. Yet, it can also allow the public to just as easily tarnish your reputation by sharing an ill-conceived or objectionable business decision or action taken by one of your employees. What’s more is that the potential damage that social media can cause is just not immediate, but can linger on for years as an indelible blemish on your organisation’s reputation. For example, Sainsbury’s experienced social media backlash after a poster encouraging employees to get customers to spend 50 pence more was accidentally posted in a shop window rather than the staff room in 2014. A picture of the poster was then tweeted, causing social media outrage. Although reputation loss is difficult to quantify in terms of loss of potential revenue and customers, it is surely felt, and the brand will always bear that mark of scandal. (more…)