Social Networking: Friend or Foe?

July 3, 2012 at 10:44 AM | Posted in Identity Theft, Reminders, Safety Tips | Leave a comment
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Sharing your lives via social networking (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is the current trend to connect with family and friends. It can also leave you exposed to potential threats against your home, personal property, and even your reputation.

When posting your plans on social networking sites, you’re letting vandals know that your home, vehicles, or other properties may be unattended, making you a vulnerable target. There has been a rise in cars being vandalized and homes broken into because of one posting on a social networking site.

Here are some other things to keep in mind: 

  • Be careful what you and your family are writing. Nothing that is written on the web is completely private.
  • Posting personal information may leave you open to comments about your character, and once something is out there, whether positive or negative, it is for the world to see.
  • Employers, Colleges, and Landlords may check social networking sites when considering an applicant.
  • Taking surveys can seem harmless, but even small amounts of information can lead someone to your personal accounts.

You can protect your social information by selecting tighter privacy settings to your networking accounts. You may want to consider installing a security system in your home to keep you protected while you and your loved ones are away. Not only will this deter thieves from breaking in, but you could also receive a discount on your homeowners insurance for taking extra precautions.

Take a moment to seriously consider the information you post, keeping your personal safety a top priority.

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