THERE are generations of youngsters who will regret putting too much information on social media such as Facebook, says former top police officer Colin Tansley.
In years to come those youngsters may not be offered jobs on the basis of what potential employers find when they probe their backgrounds on the internet, he
said: 'I think there are generations growing up with Facebook
and putting stuff up on Facebook
and in 10 years time they will regret doing that.
Mr Tansley, who once held senior positions with West Yorkshire and Cleveland police forces and is now an independent internet investigator and trainer, was in the island for a two day course on internet investigations.
Speaking to Business News during a coffee break at the Regency Hotel in Douglas, Mr Tansley said the course was designed to demonstrate how to effectively and safely conduct online research and to assist companies in investigations, research and due diligence enquiries.
Asked if some companies were ignorant of the internet Mr Tansley
said there were and this was often more so with smaller firms.
said the internet was an effective way of gathering intelligence and information and could not be ignored.
said that companies could build up 80 per cent of the information they need on people just by a few clicks on the internet.
'This stuff is in the palm of your hand.'
advised that if people put their CV online they should be wary. 'Your personal life is over here and your business life is over there.
knew of police officers who have posed on Facebook
in their uniform.
This is not a good idea.
They will never be undercover officers.' He
added that there are now 'bits of software that can biometrically scan faces.
have got this - facial recognition software.' Mr Tansley
said company employees can do a lot more about protecting their computer security and pointed to a report which indicated the word Password was still the most popular password for many.
Too many people were also leaving their details on yellow note paper under key boards.
also spoke of how security assessors would carry out various tests to check the vulnerability of businesses.
For instance testers had scattered company car parks with USB pen drives.
It was surprising how many employees picked them up and then stuck them in their machines.
'They could have been loaded with malware or viruses,' said Mr Tansley
said there was a reluctance in some companies to give employees access to social media because they were scared of it .
It was Mr Tansley's
first visit to the Isle of Man.
said it was vital that companies and businesses learn how to navigate and search on the web in an effective manner.
likened internet security knowledge to going up a mountain with a map and a compass.
said it was important people in business understand what they are doing when they carry out investigations. 'You have to understand what you are doing because if you don't you can compromise things.'
stressed there were many positive aspects to social networking but it paid to be careful about what is left online.