Breakthrough technological advances are making life easier- while presenting a complex myriad of security threats. Internet fraud and identity theft are unfortunate realities in the rapidly evolving technological sphere we all live and work in. And there’s an unlikely source destabilizing your information’s security- your résumé.
?The ways people find jobs these days are vastly different from the old-fashioned standards of a less technologically advanced past. Walk-ins and newspaper ads are more obsolete than ever now. Job boards, social media, recruiter sites, and staffing agencies are the gold standard in employment today. Jobs are primarily advertised and found online. Once, résumés were hard copies guaranteed to be seen by only a small number of people. But the rise of online job platforms like Indeed or Monster, which operate online markets for résumés, are available to millions of users at any time. Critical information, including home addresses and phone numbers, are standard on résumés – and are the type of information scammers and fraudsters are looking for. Your data’s security isn’t always guaranteed.

Maintaining data security is critical to prevent unauthorized access and usage of private data.

Scammers trawl emails by posing as recruiters, internet job boards, or employers, sending unsolicited offers or promises of opportunities to job seekers. Their goal is your personal information- which can help them commit crimes against you- or even in your name. Practicing due diligence when responding to or ignoring these sorts of emails goes a long way to protecting your assets. Oftentimes, however, even secured and vetted websites can sell, leak, or otherwise lose your information- if they ever even bothered to protect it properly in the first place. Scammers will also trawl these sites to find loosely secured or improperly stored information.
?From Javelin’s Strategy and Research’s Identity Fraud Study: 16.7 Million US consumers were victims of identity fraud. The devastating effects of identity theft and internet fraud are obvious and innumerable. Even seemingly innocuous information- like what’s found on your résumé- is fair game for misappropriation.

Online platforms like Automate America keep your information secure until you’re ready to make it available. It’s part of AA’s mission to keep you in control of your information- and share only what you’re comfortable with. AA’s data is secured through Amazon Cloud Security. AWS is designed to provide the highest levels of data security and privacy.

Both parties must consent to sharing information before either one can access it. When a customer posts a job, they can access profiles, but aren’t able to view sensitive information like contact information or address. This information is only shared once you apply to their job. If professionals want to directly connect with customers, customers can control the transference of information by either accepting or denying the request. Only once the request is accepted will personal information be shared.

Maintaining privacy is an increasingly important necessity when even seemingly benign pieces of personal information can cause damage if it falls into the wrong hands. Information is bought and sold through online platforms, and the clauses found in fine print that may permit sites to legally do this aren’t always clear or made readily available to consumers. Automate America is transparent in how they keep your data secure- and AA ensures that your data will stay that way.