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The Cost of Social Media in the Workplace

Do you know what kind of impact social media is having on your workplace and employee productivity? With the rise in popularity of social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or even Pinterest, it is becoming more and more common for workers to spend time during the workday on these platforms. Did you know that some employees spend up-to 32% of their time on social media daily, while at work!? Although it can be essential for your business to partake in the conversation online, there is no reason all of your employees should be accessing their social media accounts while on the clock.

The Most Popular Social Media Sites

When it comes to social media sites, they seem to be constantly multiplying. More about this topic...

Romance Extortion – Don’t Learn the Hard Way

Video conferencing, once the purview of the Fortune 500, has become ubiquitous thanks to the popularity of Skype and Facetime.  But with most things Internet, there are frequently unintended consequences.  Welcome the latest scam:  The Romance Extortion.

In this scam, the target is lured into participating in cyber-sex using a webcam.  The scammer records the video session and uses it to blackmail the target.  Who would fall for that?  Welcome Nebraska State Senator Bill Kintner.

Sen. Kintner began messaging with a woman who contacted him via his Facebook page.  Their interaction grew over time from casual, to explicit, to the point where the woman convinced the married senator to contact her on Skype.  While on travel, the senator used his state-issued laptop to engage in video cyber-sex.  The woman soon after threatened to release the captured video unless the senator acquiesced to her extortion demands.  Realizing he blew it, the senator decided to come clean and report his activity to state officials.  Public officials in Nebraska who misuse state property can be charged with a misdemeanor.  Sen. Kintner, perhaps due to his position, got off easy by paying a $1000 fine. More about this topic...