Don’t Update the Burglar! Stay Safe on Social Media

Don’t Update the Burglar! Keep Safe on Social Media

The openness of social media can allow burglars and thieves access to the information needed to target homes with only a few clicks. There are many social media activities that may put your home’s security at risk!

 

Be careful checking-in

Most social media channels have check-in features which reveal your location. Whether you’re checking-in at a restaurant or the cinema, this can be dangerous and can let burglars know when you’re away from home.

 

Don’t show off your expensive items

Showing off your swanky new watch or luxurious handbag online can be more dangerous than you imagine. Sharing photos of your expensive items publicly may just be tempting a burglar.

 

Don’t post your holiday plans

It is very common to share exciting future holiday plans online, however this can be very risky. As well as your friends and family, burglars may be interested in your holiday countdown, as this updates them on when your house will be empty for a long period of time.

 

Check your privacy settings!

Make sure to limit your statuses and updates to your family and friends instead of being public.

 

Further Reading:

5 Items People Often Forget to Secure 

Bluff the Burglar 

5 Worst Places to Hide Your Valuables 

Back to School Online Security Tips!

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Make sure to take note of our Online Security Tips;

 

Think Twice Before Posting

Once a photo or video has been posted online it can be easily distributed, and unfortunately it’s not just yours anymore.

 

Sharing is Caring, but Not Oversharing

Never share personal information like your address, email address, passwords or mobile number.

 

Private is Better than Public

It is best to keep your profiles set to share to friends and family only, so you can control exactly who can see what you post online. Privacy settings change from time to time, so it is important to check and update them.

 

Download Cautiously

Be careful about what you put on your devices; dodgy apps, programs, links and websites can put yours and your families private information and security at risk.

 

Stranger Danger Applies Online Too!

Don’t meet up with people you’ve spoken to online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting to do so.

Make sure your kids are smart online when they go back to school! #backtoschool #online #security

 

Further Reading:

Home Security Basics for Children 

Don’t Update the Burglar! Stay Safe on Social Media 

Home Security in the Movies