Many people use social media and casually brag about what a fancy hotel they're in, or boast about visiting a famous landmark. But thoughtlessly revealing your location may be dangerous.
A significant percentage of former home invasion specialists (AKA burglars) say they use social media to target properties where the owners aren't home. Among the common-sense steps you can take to protect your social media security:
- Adjust your Facebook privacy settings so only your friends see your posts.
- Add only your actual friends and associates to your social media networks.
- If you're going to announce that you'll be out of town, everyone who can see your post knows that. Be careful.
- Avoid posting photos that reveal your address or obvious landmarks near your residence. Don't make it easy.
- Turn off geo-tagging in your mobile device's camera settings. Geo-tagging embeds GPS coordinates in your photos when enabled, so it's easy to find your location.
- Don't post photos of expensive items in your home that would interest thieves.