Those who have ruined their reputations and damaged their careers after posting inappropriate material on social networks include politicians, movie and sports stars as well as teachers, police officers and even fast food restaurant employees.
The problem of exposing too much information could continue to plague social media users, a possibility supported in the August 2013 poll by Cint USA and Trend Micro. According to the poll, 24 percent of the respondents said they have posted something they later regretted or removed, and 36 percent said they have seen something they regard as inappropriate on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.
Trend Micro has expanded its social network privacy technology, which identifies privacy settings that may leave personal or inappropriate information publicly available or vulnerable to identity theft. Trend Micro also gives users control over which apps can access biographical data, and who can tag and see photos. These features are critical today, considering only 24 percent of Facebook users change their privacy settings each month or more often, according to the same survey of social media users.