Do You Share TMI online?
Social networking means opening up and sharing information online with others, there’s some information you should be careful about sharing online. Protecting yourself from sharing Too Much Information (TMI) can protect you and your properties safety. Posting pictures can be a nice way to show your new purchases, gifts or holidays. Often people will use it to rant if they are annoyed or aggravated, this isn’t always harmless and certain posts can even be dangerous. Failing to be careful online can leave you, your friends and family or your home and belongings vulnerable and a target for online opportunists.
Consider the below reminders to ensure you stay safe when posting online.
This is a feature that most social media platforms allow; it is a quick way to show events, occasions, and places that we like to attend, but are you advertising an empty home for potential burglars? Another popular check-in is at home e.g. “relaxing on my sofa” or “moving into my new home today” with a data location tab attached. This means you may not have revealed your exact address but you have shared the area you live in, add this post with a photo you have shared of the outside of your home along with photos of the inside and you have now provided a clear indication of where and what’s available, giving a burglar an invitation for when your home is unoccupied.
To keep your home safe from online thieves wait until you are back from your holiday or event before posting your photos; you can still check-in using the location you visited. Make it clear you are posting afterwards, this way you still get to share your social life or hobbies without advertising your home is empty.
Sometimes when we are home alone we become bored of our own company and we turn to social media platforms for some entertainment and interaction.
Do not post publicly that you are at home alone; this is advertising your vulnerability to burglars. How well do you know everyone that can see your posts? Someone who knows you and where you live might innocently mention this to a potential thief, or a friend/follower could be the thief themselves.
If you are talking to someone online that you don’t know very well don’t tell them you are home alone and never give out your address or personal details.
Is your home vulnerable?
We all know the underlying problems of our home but would you share these with the world? We sometimes like to use social media to express our frustrations but be careful not to post your property’s weaknesses. An innocent post to vent your anger because your landlord still hasn’t fixed your window, or the weather took down your fence, is a quick advertisement of your home and it’s weaknesses to burglars online.
Don’t ‘show off’ too much – you might be worth stealing from!
Try not to use social media to ‘show off’ a picture of your new HD 50 inch smart TV in your living room which also contains the newest games console equipped with the latest sound system. You will appeal to any online thieves watching your posts. You wouldn’t leave your wallet by an open window to tempt a burglar so why do it online?
It is worth considering your privacy settings for all of your online accounts. If your posts are to attract a huge audience for example you enjoy cooking and you want to share recipes online, you should keep your personal details private. If your account is used to catch up with friends and family and is personal it would be worth making your account private so that followers have to request to see your profile. It is recommended to use separate accounts for business and personal so you can set the privacy settings accordingly. If you go to your account privacy settings, most social media platforms allow you to be selective with who sees your posts.
Social networking is a big focal point of a teenager’s life, it is worth taking the time to help them understand the dangers and impact that certain posts can inflict.
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