Spokespeople must face up to Facebook threat Tuesday 14 August 2007 PDF Print Consultancy reveals only 30% of users activate security settings LONDON, 9 August 2007: With employees from sectors as diverse as retailers, the ferry boat industry and directory enquiries facing disciplinary action and even the sack as a result of careless postings on social networking sites, consultancy White Label Media is warning against the dangers of press spokespeople exposing personal information to journalists. Randomly researching the name 'Roger Smith' on Facebook yesterday, White Label Media found that only three of the first ten users had activated Facebook's privacy settings and all the personal information they had entered on the site was accessible. "All too often, what starts as a throw-away joke among friends on your Facebook wall can lead to embarrassing and career-threatening incidents," said Mark Dye, director, White Label Media. "Even worse, this sort of 'back door' activity threatens the good work companies are doing to secure and protect their systems and brand values. The truth is that much of the content on these sites is available to anyone after the most cursory search." "Employers and employees alike need to be more aware of the risks of the peer-to-peer (P2P) arena," added Dye. "This isn't the seemingly secure environment that corporate email users have become familiar with over the last decade. You should always assume that everything you write online can be seen, read and digested not only by your friends but also your colleagues, customers and members of the press." A simple search on a spokesperson's Facebook entry can reveal significant information about their leisure activities but, if insufficient care is taken, business activities as well. "For instance, if a media spokesperson enters a comment on their entry saying they're celebrating winning a massive deal, a journalist can access that and construct a story accordingly," said Dye. "By putting proper media training programmes in place, organisations can ensure their employees are aware of the risks and know how to avoid situations such as the story last week of a worker at UK retailer Argos who was fired for commenting on a bad day at work in highly negative terms." Real Facebook entries that White Label Media found in its research included discovering that one user had been out all night partying returning home less than an hour before having to go to work on a Monday. Other eye-raising entries included a dentist whose interests included being fondled on the tube. ENDS About White Label Media: White Label Media is a provider of editorial and media-related services. The company specialises in producing articles, case studies, publications and web content on behalf of businesses, public relations agencies and publishers. Established in 2007, White Label Media also provides print and online media training for senior executives using its own tried and tested video workshop format. Whether you're looking for a simple, one-page hand-out for distribution at trade shows or a professionally produced glossy magazine to send to your customers or employees, White Label Media is your perfect partner for high-quality, cost-effective, coherent communications. Services include: - Complete management of projects such as customer magazines and newsletters from concept development to distribution. - Copywriting for websites, intranets, case studies, advertorials and by-lined articles for publication in magazines - Web and print design - Media training for the print and online media - Chairing industry events such as roundtables or conferences - Consulting for the public relations industry to aid pitching and client service White Label Media – Media made easy For further information contact: Mark Dye on 07790 568 362 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Or George Malim on 0208 292 4036 email: email@example.com This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of White Label Media (UK) Ltd. in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Media & Marketing, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.