Social media sites like Facebook strongly encourage users to share what they're doing, all the time. But this can be a serious risk to your security.
In the past, this sharing was as simple as writing a message: "Out to eat with my sister," or "Loving this beach weather!" But today, new apps and GPS-based technology invite you to share extremely specific details about where you are and what you're doing: your jogging route, the restaurant you're at, your vacation cottage in the mountains.
It may be fun to let others know about these special occasions in your life, but they all pose a huge risk: they could be letting the bad guys know that you're not at home!
Many of today's savvy burglars use Facebook and other social media sites to determine where to strike next. For them, it has become extremely easy to find out where people live and when they're not at home. If you're posting pics of your gourmet dinner on Instagram, then it's obvious your home is vacant.
Even if you're using the tightest possible privacy settings on Facebook (most people aren't), you never know who could be looking at your status updates.
To prevent the risk of burglary, you should never share that you’re not at home!
However, if you simply must share your experiences online, here are a few tips to do it more safely.
Social media sites like Facebook can be a great resource for keeping in touch and following what your friends are doing. Just be sure to use your best judgment and avoid sharing information about your location to prevent thieves from making your home a target.