A CYBER security expert warns people how easy it is for employers to find almost anything about them online.
She also revealed the red flag question employers sometimes ask, which should make them go in the opposite direction.
Ashley Arndt, a women’s empowerment advocate and cybersecurity expert, revealed the exact process employers can use on social media to learn more about you—because she can too.
She created her informational video in response to one person asking how a potential employer would discover her social media presence if they were just interviewing.
“Let me start by telling you that about 80 percent of employers look at potential candidates’ social media in some way during the hiring process, and currently between 40 and 50 percent of employers admit — ‘admit’ is the keyword — that they looked at the social media profiles of their current employees,” she said.
Arndt then noted that who checks potential employees’ social media will depend on the size of the company.
If it’s a smaller business, she said the owner can do it.
If it’s a larger company, she noted that they can outsource the task.
Arndt then dove into her process to find information about an individual.
In particular, she used another commenter who said they didn’t think she could dig up much about them as an example.
“I’ll have your name and date of birth, where you went to school, stuff like that.
“I’ll check out your LinkedIn page, I’ll probably do a reverse image search to see where else you pop up,” she explained.
“Then I’ll go to Facebook.”
She said many people don’t realize that people’s Facebook account URLs are often associated with their username and at least a Facebook ID number.
She added that this can only be found through the web version of Facebook.
“I can find out a few things about you then,” she continued.
“If I can’t find much I could look at other public records to maybe see who you’re married to or something and I could look them up and maybe they gave a hint that maybe you have a blog or YouTube.” channel or something.”
Arndt then said she can use someone’s email address to search HaveIBeenPwned.com, which shows any data breaches that may have occurred using their email address or phone number.
“So I can see all the websites you’ve been to and it might show me some of your interests,” she added.
During her speech, she reminded people how easy it is for others to find information about you without actually starting with a lot of clues.
THE RED FLAG
At the end of her instructional video, Arndt said some companies will ask for social media usernames and passwords so they can log into your accounts and browse your online life themselves.
“Never do that. Run,” she urged.
“Think of all the messages you could go through.
“I mean, there’s so much they could do.
“Please never give out your passwords.”
She went on to say that people should care about such practices and what they show on social media because employers could find out things they could use discriminatory against them like sexual orientation, religion or whether they are pregnant or have children.
“As you can see, it gets sticky very, very quickly,” she concluded.
Viewers were shocked by her analysis of the situation, and others admitted they were still confused as to why anyone would want to become so immersed in someone’s life.
“If a company googles my husband and searches his social media to find me and decides not to hire me, I will consider that a dodged bullet. This is crazy,” wrote one shocked person.
“Why do you need to know my private life?
“It has nothing to do with right or wrong. I’m not the same in the office as I am outside.
“It’s none of their business,” explained another person.
A third bewildered viewer said such practices “should be illegal” and “American employers are taking it too far”.
Of course, Arndt is only warning of what can happen.
In this case, it seems best to follow the age-old rule of being careful about what you post online.
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https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/5023165/cyber-security-employers-discover-personal-life-online-social-media/ I’m a cybersecurity expert – employers can find ALL about you in minutes, but run if you see my red flag