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We live in a society that loves to share up to date information 24/7 but is that the right thing to do? It’s fun to check in here and take a selfie there and I’m not saying that I don’t do it, I do it all the time, but I’m also safe about it and I want to help you be safe as well. That’s why I’ve teamed up with MetLife Auto & Home® this holiday season because they have some amazing tips to keep you and I safe while we travel and be merry with family. To a burglar this is what your status update says:
On Vacation, no one is home!
MetLife Auto & Home® says that recently, police have made breakthroughs in a string of burglaries and found that several were tied to information obtained from Facebook status updates. Social media is a great way to make new contacts and share information with family and friends, but it only takes one unwanted “friend” with too much information to put your home in danger. Below, MetLife Auto & Home® promotes these best practices to stay smart on social media. If you have to check in, do it on your way out, but remember you are still announcing to the world that you are NOT home.
Think about this….
If you have any geo tagging on your social media and you share at home people can easily determine where you live. Then if you leave the house, even if you suddenly turn off your geo tagging, people know you are not home and they saw earlier where you lived then you are an easy target.
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Is your phone number shared on any of your social media sites? If so, then people have your phone number. Do you accept everyone as a friend even if they are in another country and do not speak English? I’m still cleaning up my accounts from the days when I just thought the more friends the better. I’ve been a member of Facebook since its beginning and well, some people, I just don’t know.
Here are some Site-Specific tips:
Facebook. The most important thing you can do to protect yourself is to be aware of who can see your status updates and profile information. Did you know that Facebook allows you to create groups of people and then determine what groups can see which posts? Be sure to check your privacy settings and adjust accordingly.
Twitter. Twitter has a geographical feature that allows followers to see where you were when you posted a tweet. If you post from home, think about disabling this feature. Even if you’re not on a device with GPS, Twitter can still determine your location via your Internet connection from a home computer. I do not share my location.
Photo-sharing sites. Popular photo sharing sites, like Flickr, Instagram, and Google’s Picasa, allow you to post “geo- tagged” photos; they include information that can easily be shown on a map. If you take a lot of photos in your house or yard, it’s like handing a street guide to potential thieves. Disable geo-tagging for any photos you take at home. It is also worth checking your privacy settings on these platforms to make sure your posts are not public for everyone to see, but limited to those who you’ve accepted to view your posts.
Location services. On location-based social networks, such as Foursquare and Facebook’s Places, you should be even more careful about adding friends. Change settings to limit what’s posted publicly and never create a check-in spot out of your home or anyone else’s home.
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