How to Safely Use Facebook and LinkedIn at Work

June 29, 2008 – 7:00 PM

The virtual flood gates have been opened and social networking is rushing in from the personal lives of employees and into the workplace — bringing a host of concerns along with it.

Facebook is no longer restricted to the realm of college students, and LinkedIn is specifically designed for the professional world.

While some companies are banning these networks from the workplace outright, others are timidly wading into the fray to use the networks as a communications tool, experts say.

While providing another way to connect with employees, potential recruits, and a wider community, social networks have a downside. Information posted could fall into the wrong hands, and if those with malicious intent collect enough sensitive information about a company, it could mean big trouble.

We talked to experts about how companies and employees can stay safe when using Facebook and LinkedIn.

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