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Demanding Facebook Passwords is the Same as Demanding Online Banking Passwords

April 3, 2012 2 comments

Employers Demanding Facebook Logins

A disturbing trend has ramped up over the past couple of years: employers demanding the login credentials for the Facebook accounts of their employees.  Another example of this cretinism reared its ugly head here in Cassopolis, Michigan at Lewis Cass Intermediate School District where teacher’s aide Kimberly Hester was fired for refusing to cough up her password to administrators after posting a nondescript and safe-for-work photo of a co-worker’s pants around her ankles.

What makes this case doubly-stupid is that was completely unnecessary: if the school needed documentation of the alleged transgression, it could have taken a screen capture from the account of the local parent who raised the issue with the administration in the first place.

Demanding the Facebook credentials of an employee is just as outlandishly-inappropriate as demanding the login credentials for an employee’s online banking account.  Employers should consider such a request with exactly the same level of caution (because they could open themselves up for liability).

Here’s why: Read more…

Recommended Search Tools for Job Seekers to Manage Their Online Reputations

January 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Resurrect Pages ExampleWith more and more employers (45% according to CareerBuilder) using the web to research the available information about prospective (and current) employees, it’s important to know what’s out there about you (and how to manage it).  While Google is a great go-to, these are some of my favorite search tools for looking people up:

  • Pipl (www.pipl.com): A very powerful meta-engine with a really user-friendly results page for looking up people (hence the name).  It searches a ton of other engines and organizes the information in various categories: phone directories, background reports, social media profiles, profile photos, professional/business directories, public records (like court documents), publications, news results, photos, videos, etc.  Pipl is a favorite of Lifehacker users – and I agree.
  • 123 People (www.123people.com): Similar to Pipl, this meta-engine is all about individuals and it pulls from a broad array of sources all deposited neatly into an easy-to-digest results page.  It searches for text records and also media (like profile photos).
  • Wink (www.wink.com): Another people search engine that does a good job of narrowing down by location (though this means sacrificing some of the quantity of results).
  • Resurrect Pages (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2570): An add-on to the Firefox web browser, this tool comes in handy when you find a dead link (either because the content has been removed or traffic has taken the site down).  With a right-click of your mouse, it quickly and easily gives you access to the cached/archived/mirror versions of webpages from several different resources (CoralCDN, Google Cache, Yahoo! Cache, The Internet Archive, MSN Cache, Gigablast, and WebCite).

There are a few other search tools but they’re not as good (like PeekYou) or they’re defunct (like Spock which is now owned by Intelius).

By the way – the same goes for EMPLOYERS; any employee worth hiring is searching for all available information about a prospective employer not only to bone up for the interview but to find out if an organization is good to work for.  (Leaving an “easter egg” somewhere online for prospective employees to find might make for an interesting way to test who is web-savvy).  Here are a few sites that cater to employees who want to review employers: