Fact or Myth? "It's okay to post travel plans on social networks."

  • 14 March 2012
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Myth!
 
It may seem fun to brag to friends and acquaintances on social networks about your upcoming trip to a beach-party paradise, but you might want to resist the temptation to call too much attention to the fact that you’re leaving behind an empty, unattended apartment or house for weeks at a time.
 
Burglars have already begun to turn to Facebook and Twitter to find homes that may be vacant during a holiday absence. Don’t make their job any easier for them by giving them your travel itinerary. Of course, if you feel compelled to post vacation snaps on the road, modify your privacy settings so only your closest friends see those notifications. At least then you’ll have a starting point for the police when they begin investigating the burglary of your home.
 
And speaking of social networks, it’s a best practice to copy and paste links instead of clicking on social sharing icons while you’re on vacation. Using these icons opens the risk of likejacking or clickjacking scams that can gain access to your accounts from weaknesses in your Internet browser. 

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