Why You Shouldn’t Post About Your Travels Online
You’re on vacation travelling, and you want to share your excitement with friends and acquaintances on social media! So, you post lots of photos and information about your travels online on on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other sites.
Did you realize that posting about your travels online is putting you at risk for home burglaries and identity theft?
Lately, I have seen a lot of terrific photographs, videos, and travel information being shared in just that way, so I suspect many people are still not aware of the danger.
Do yourself and your loved ones a favor and follow this simple travel guide to safety:
Before you go away:
- Make sure your devices are protected with updated security software.
- While searching for information on travel options online, use alternate names and e-mail addresses, if possible, and don’t be specific about travel dates, your current home location or workplace, etc. Burglars may use this information to figure out your address, e-mail or bank accounts, and your timeline–to figure out when to strike.
- Notify your banks and credit card companies of your travel plans, so they can monitor your accounts more closely for any suspicious activity.
- Inform your Alarm Monitoring Station that you will be away. Let them know who to call in the event of your security system going off.
While on vacation:
- Ensure your phone and other device settings are set so that they do not divulge your location.
- Always delete your search history after you finish browsing.
- Do not post online publicly while you are away. Share photos and rave reviews (or pans) when you return home. This helps to protect against home robberies and identity theft.
- Public computers or Wi-Fi may not be secure, so, be careful not to share any sensitive personal information, such as finances, credentials, and so on.
Wishing you safe travels!
If you don’t have a security system, if your security system is not monitored, or if you are unhappy with your current security provider, call me for a free, no-obligation consultation. You’ll be glad you did!
Ulli Robson, Security Specialist, 780-288-2986