When it comes to sharing personal things on social media, there are many things that shouldn’t be posted to attract negative attention. However, there are also things that shouldn’t be shared for legitimate safety concerns. How can a status update on Facebook put anyone’s safety in jeopardy? Whenever “checking in” somewhere or counting down to a vacation, people that you don’t know are made aware of your whereabouts and if your home is unsupervised. This not only puts you, but your entire family and home in trouble.
Here are 10 things you shouldn’t share on your social page to stay safe.
1. Location- Geo tagging is what lets the statuses you post be marked with what city you’re nearest to. This will alert an intruder if you’re away from home and how far away you are.
2. Vacation Details- Wait until the trip is complete and pictures are uploaded before sharing vacation details. Make your break from social media quiet to avoid the chance that someone is waiting for you to go out of town.
3. Job Location and Details- It’s best not to include your employment location. If it’s a long distance from home, intruders can learn your schedule, and time or arrival and departure based off how much you share.
4. Photos of Electronics- Did you get a new iPad for your birthday? Don’t share this. When you post pictures of expensive items it allows potential intruders to know what to look for and make a quick exit.
5. Home Renovation Projects- Use caution when sharing information about projects going on at your home. Whether it’s already built or under construction, the team working might not notice someone different walking through the debris.
6. Address of Home- Be careful when taking photos outside. Make sure address numbers and mailbox numbers are blurred out of any pictures that you post.
7. Checking In- Avoid “checking in” when out and about. This lets others know where you are, what you’re doing, if you’re alone, and that your home is possibly unsupervised.
8. Details of Home Security- It’s safe to assume that most home are equipped with home security system. If you’re between home monitoring services, or are experiencing issues with one that leaves your home vulnerable, don’t talk about it until the issue is resolved and your home is secure.
9. Jewelry- Announce the engagement or anniversary without the new sparkly ring attached. This will not only show others that expensive jewels reside in your home, but also that you wear valuable pieces.
10. Landmarks Near Home- If your home resides near a large landmark such as a high school stadium, water tower, or in a particular neighborhood, avoid mentioning them.
About the Author: Michelle is a blog writer for a Dallas based home security company. She loves writing about DIY projects, green living, and family safety.
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