Practicing Social Media Safety



These days, privacy is a rare thing. Between mobile connectivity and social media, we literally share a majority of our important and day-to-day whereabouts and life moments. And while this keeps us in the loop of our friends and family, this same information could be catastrophic in the wrong hands. With that said, it’s crucial to practice social media safety. The best way to prevent anything from identity theft, credit card theft, home break-ins, etc. is by exercising the following:


Caution of Sharing Specific Information

A recent report by CNN Money revealed that identity fraud occurs every TWO seconds. So consider this fact: the more you share online, the easier it is for someone to target you. Whether it’s on Facebook or another social media platform, try not to reveal certain facts like your: complete birth date (if you do, try to exclude the year), address (you don’t want just anyone to know where you live), email address (hackers are everywhere), and telephone number.

social-media-1430517_1920Go into your privacy setting and make sure none of these are listed. You can also go ahead and set up specific parameters of what is and isn’t shared with the general public. For instance, on Facebook, you can set many of your pictures and posts to be shared with just friends, while still letting others still find you online. In four words: you simply never know. Keep your info protected!


Using Good Judgment When Using Location-Based Services

Features like Facebook’s check-in not only reveal that you aren’t home, but also let virtually anyone where you currently are. Hopefully you don’t have a stalker or know someone with an extreme grudge against you. So many unpredictable and even violent things have happened in recent years, that taking this kind of gamble just isn’t worth it. Sure you might be having dinner at a popular hotspot, or are even travelling at a great destination abroad…but just really examine the possibilities of what your reveal with location-based services. Location-based services could result in possible burglaries, stalking, sexual assault and violent crimes. It’s not worth it to get a couple of ‘likes’.


Posting Only Select Pictures

We all love sharing photos—especially while we are travelling or are experiencing something truly special. Let’s pretend that you are actually travelling and you take a picture by the Eiffel Tower. Now everyone can see your whereabouts on networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. If you haven’t adjusted your privacy settings, your friends and complete strangers can see these updates. What’s the problem with this? For starters, they know your home is currently vacant. The FBI reports that a burglary happens nearly every 14 seconds somewhere in the U.S. It’s unsettling and worrisome. Over-sharing could increase these odds.

Just remember not to throw caution to the wind. Be careful of what you share online. Want to really protect your home? ADT home monitoring provides 24/7 monitoring. And with ADT Pulse, you the ability to remotely monitor and manage your home from anywhere.

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