Did you tell your Facebook friends that you were leaving when you went on your last vacation? Did you post pictures of your vacation, while still lounging on the beach? Have you recently included images or videos of the updates on your home? Those with burglary on their minds might be paying attention.
These habits are not entirely unusual. In fact, you can very likely recall seeing such posts in your own network stream regularly. People do it, but that doesn’t mean that it is safe. Burglars are everywhere, and even if you are good enough to limit who sees your posts, there are ways around that. You never know who is hacking a friend’s account. Sometimes, the fact that friends of yours commented on your posts is enough to extend the viewership. Furthermore, very often virtual friends are not people that we know well, so it is unfair to say that they are “not threats.”
Did you know that the photos taken with your mobile device might automatically be laced with information about your location at the time they are taken? A burglar can use that information to find your home, your office, the gym that you work out in, and your favorite bar.
By following your feed, a burglar or stalker can likely determine what time you wake in the morning, what time you go to work, and when you return. They can learn your routine and use that to their advantage for illicit purposes.
Leaving for the holidays? A burglar could simply wait until you let your internet friends know that you will be away, and plan a visit accordingly.
Though it can be a wonderful and entertaining tool, as a personal injury attorney, I have seen how damaging social media content can be. Be very careful about what you share and how you share it, to ensure that you are not exposing yourself to excessive risk.