Editor’s Note: Today, the folks from Toronto-based Weiser Lock are here with some great reminders on how to keep your home safe while you are out and about enjoying vacation, road tripping or just a day at the beach this summer.
6 Tips for protecting your home on social media
With Summer here, people are gearing up for those much deserved getaways. And with the emergence of social media blurring the lines between sharing personal details for fun, and putting yourself in danger, Weiser has come up with these six easy tips for protecting yourself and your home on social media.
“Social media has almost completely erased any notion of privacy. Nowadays, when folks go on vacation, it’s not just the five people in their office who know about it – it’s their entire Twitter following.” says Steve Kolobaric of Weiser. “People often forget that a simple status update about their trip can act as a feeding frenzy for thieves, and can actually create a vulnerable and dangerous situation for their home, belongings, and also any family that they may leave behind.”
Check out these simple tips for protecting your home on social media:
1. Don’t update any statuses or “tweet” the dates that you are going away. Also, be sure to utilize the privacy settings on social media sites correctly to ensure that strangers are not seeing things you didn’t intend for them to see.
2. Be careful when using the “check-in” feature on Facebook, and be weary of apps that share your location to others. The new generation of apps broadcasts your location at all times to friends — and in many cases to people you don’t even know. And unlike the previous generations of applications that required you to check in to a venue, these apps are persistent unless you pause them or turn them off.
3. Don’t write about how frustrated you are because your front door doesn’t shut properly, or about how you’re getting new windows installed over the weekend.
4. Don’t post photos of the new 52” TV in your living room or the vintage Harley Davidson in your garage.
5. Be careful to monitor what your children are posting i.e.: “Parents gone all weekend! House to myself!”
6. DO post updates or “tweet” about the great new security system or locks you just had installed.
Now go have fun and enjoy your summer knowing all is well at home.