Is using social media making your community less safe? Before you dismiss the question, consider just how much your posts on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites actually reveal. By revealing so many details of our personal lives and locations where we have limited control over who can see them, it’s possible that you’re putting your security at risk.
Is Social Media Putting Your Home at Risk?
Consider this: how easy is it for someone to know when you will be away from home just by reading your Facebook feed? With summer break and summer vacations fast approaching, this becomes an even more important question to ask. By letting the world know that you are out-of-town, you could be letting potential thieves know that your home is the perfect unguarded target.
Stay Secure on Your Vacations
- Turn Off Location and GPS Tagging: Letting the whole world know that you’re hundreds or thousands of miles away from home isn’t exactly the safest thing to do. Disabling location tags and turning off GPS tracking on your phone (some apps will automatically post your location if you don’t) is a good way to minimize your risk.
- Wait to Post Pictures Until You Get Home: Just like location tagging, posting a series of pictures of you in a location far away from home is a great way to broadcast that there’s an empty residence waiting to be plundered. As eager as you may be to show off your pics, it’s safer to wait until you’re back home.
- Don’t Post Your Schedule Online: If you post exactly how long you’re going to be out-of-town, then you’ve told potential thieves exactly when they can strike. If friends and family need to know your exact schedule, send them a private message or an email.
- Double-Check Your Privacy Settings: Even if you think that your posts are only reaching family and friends, double-check your settings. Companies like Facebook often alter their policies and can make changes to your settings.