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The Dangers of Social Media Are Real, Even If Executives Never Use Such Platforms

February 7, 2024

Considering The Dangers of Social Media: Guidance For Employers and Executives

The dangers of social media are very real, even if an executive leader has sworn off the internet entirely. The private investigators of AFIMAC Global have heard the same narrative for years, with many executives being incredibly certain that just because they don’t use social media, they have no reason to be concerned about its related security risks. The truth is, however, that the executives tasked with representing large companies, or even public-facing media personalities, can have their information shared on any public forum, for anyone to see.

Between slander, home security risks, catfishing, and private contact information falling into the wrong hands, it’s always better for executive leadership to know what is being discussed online before it causes harm. By partnering with AFIMAC Global, executives, media personalities, celebrities, athletes or high-net-worth individuals can stay one step ahead of social media risks, without ever singing in.

The Dangers of Social Media Including Online Slander Campaigns and Boycotts

While senior leaders may stay off social media entirely, it doesn’t prevent the public from discussing corporate profits, business decisions, or executives themselves. The public has very little tolerance for business decisions that impact them negatively, including price increases or soaring profits, both regular topics discussed in the automotive and grocery industries. When the public has had enough, they may look to actively boycott your business, or make claims about an executive that simply isn’t true.

Staying informed of trending topics and public sentiment can be facilitated with AFIMAC Globa, tapping into social chatter and helping leadership stay informed about what is most relevant to them. Such tools can monitor public opinion, spot individuals slandering key executives, and measure public response to some of the more unfortunate business decisions being conducted. Turning a blind eye to social media entirely can lead to disaster, but there are many methods to discreetly monitor online chatter to help bring an end to digital slander campaigns against a business.

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Executives Experiencing Labor Turmoil

Labor strikes and workforce unionization should prompt a full lockdown of an executive’s social profile, but the concerns don’t end there. Staying informed of the social chatter between members of your workforce can reveal deeper security risks that could impact the job site or even an executive’s home. Staying off social media is the first step, but monitoring relevant social chatter can help executive leadership stay ahead of what could happen next.

Consider the possibility that a unionized workforce has shared personal information about an individual executive or their family members. At times, disgruntled workforces may be tempted to use cell phone numbers, email accounts, or the social profiles of family members to harass or intimate senior leadership. In other cases, the home address of a CEO facing a difficult strike action could compromise the safety of a home. Angry workers on strike are unpredictable, and should your workforce consider taking their picketing to your home, the result is a frightening experience for all. 

The Risks of The Over-Sharing Family Member

Even with the most strict and dedicated social media best practices, it’s impossible to police friends and family who over-share on social media. Bad actors often use publicly available information and make it for sale on the dark web, carefully combing through thousands of social posts to find sensitive information online. Something as innocent as a birthday celebration can reveal an executive’s home address, vehicle information, or personal relationships that most executives would rather keep private. Such information can be used to extort high-net-worth individuals or be passed along to bad actors who could make it for sale on the dark web.

When the wrong information finds its way online, AFIMAC Global can inform senior leadership the moment it occurs. Social listening and dark web searches can be conducted regularly, or satisfy the curiosity of an executive team who might be wondering if their information has ever been made for sale on the dark web. When leadership is forced to make a difficult business decision, either facing a worker strike or preparing for layoffs, private investigators can preemptively scrape the internet to identify public social posts that need to be removed to prevent security risks.

Private Investigation and Social Listening From AFIMAC Global

AFIMAC Global, as a security company and intelligence agency is fully-equipped to serve anyone in North America. Traditionally serving executive teams of Fortune 500 companies, our social listening and private investigation tools can be offered to high-net-worth individuals, celebrities, politicians, and media personalities of all kinds. 

Leverage social tools to actively monitor public sentiment or as a means for preemptively addressing security risks to the home or job site. In other cases, dark web searches can be conducted to reveal whether sensitive information has been offered in these corners of the web, while AFIMAC offers resources to address the resulting security risks.

Whatever your concern is, use the information to your advantage and leverage the many intelligence-gathering tools to help you manage security risks for your executive leadership teams and their family members. Fill out the form now to learn more and to speak with an AFIMAC representative.

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