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Home security and social media: what you should know

Social media offers users the opportunity to connect with friends and family, to share photos, posts and life updates across various platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Whilst it can be a great tool to help us keep in contact with our loved ones, wherever they are in the world, social media has its disadvantages too. Social media can compromise our home security. If not used safely and securely, our home security might be jeopardised by our social media habits. This article details the dangers of social media but rather than suggest we give it up altogether, offers some tips to use it safely.

 

How could social media can pose a threat to your home security?


Advertising your absence

Social media encourages us to keep our friends and family informed on where we are and what we’re up to. In doing so, we might be advertising our absence. With each post of our holiday countdown or snap of a cocktail on the beach, we are telling the world that our home is vacant and might be for some time. Similarly, whilst it is tempting to ‘check-in’ to locations on Instagram and Facebook, bragging to friends about the posh new restaurant we’re checking out, we’re making our homes vulnerable to attack by opportunistic burglars. Our home security might also be compromised by RSVPs to events via social media platforms. Publicly declaring that you may be attending events including weddings, parties, work functions and so on that suggest you will be away from the house, also make your home vulnerable to theft. Burglars are increasingly turning to social media platforms to find their next targets and quite often, we unconsciously offer up the information they’re looking for.

 

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However, it is not only advertising your absence that could compromise your security. Posting photos and posts that detail the contents of your home, such as a picture of your newly furnished living room or a photo of the TV you got for Christmas, could also make you a target. Such posts that detail the goods up for grabs, might encourage burglars to steal from your home.

 

Top tips for using social media safely


Whilst social media can compromise your home security, if used safely, there is no reason to avoid its use altogether.

 

  • Review your privacy settings on all your social media accounts, ensure that your posts are only viewable to people your trust
  • Never publicise your address on social media. Also be wary of what information you make available in your direct messages.
  • Consider what you post and whether it is worth the risk to your home security.
  • Monitor what your friends post, which may give personal information about you or your whereabouts.
  • Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know, they may be burglars seeking to gain access to your personal information.
  • Avoid advertising your absence, however, if you choose to post a holiday snap, make sure you review your privacy settings and consider posting old photos of you/friends at your home to throw off any potential burglars.
  • Encourage your children, partner or flatmates to review their own use of social media.

 

If you would like more information on how to keep your home secure, please contact us.

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