Are you acting safely on Social media..???
While we know people do business with who they know like and trust, social media puts you out there for all to see… Think before posting… and ask yourself “am I sharing too much?”
Here are a few things to ponder....
- Posting pics of others.. ASK permission first (especially if children are involved- ask the parent!) If it is personal, change the audience – not all has to be public.
- Posting your birth date — and those of your family members — is increasingly risky, as criminals are getting creative at cross-referencing information and using it for bad intentions. If you do post your birthday, a few things to consider,, Make it a day or two before or afte the actual one, and also omit the year, WHY??? When you share your birthday, it’s one less thing an identity thief has to dig for. John Smith might be hard to distinguish from other John Smiths when a thief is trying to steal your identify, but John Smith plus his exact birthday makes it one step easier. The same goes for the questionnaires, ( becoming more and more popular on FB) Many of these ask the same questions as the Security question on the websites,,, ie,Mothers maiden name, first childhood friend, high school mascot.. Coincidence?
- Some businesses encourage you to “check in”. Think twice about letting the world know where you are. This alerts people where you ARENT! If you check in for a workout, bad guys know you are at the gym for at least 30 minutes. Checking in for date night or a movie is even a longer window of opportunity.
- Re: Property descriptions on FB about your new listing...What you may think is an innocent asset to a home could signal the perfect opportunity to attack for a criminal. Property descriptions such as “enjoy your privacy in this remote setting…” can be an invitation for trouble. Remote locations with privacy are exactly what an attacker wants.
- NEVER post that you are alone or where you are going, either professionally or personally. Realtors often make this mistake at Open Houses.. ( side note NEVER do them alone- but that is another posting) Friends with warm smiles are not the only ones reading your posts. It’s a dangerous mistake to post something like, “Curled up on the couch with my cat, my favorite movie, and some wine tonight. !” Or .........Hubby/Wife/Partner/kids out of town , going to enjoy having a quiet evening. That’s a red light invitation that you are alone and if you mention a glass of wine, you could possibly be a bit intoxicated… — neither of which looks good to anyone but a potential attacker.
I hope these few tips are helpful, and maybe make a difference for you..
Remember,,, SAFETY FIRST !