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Avoid social media announcements about your travel plans
By Khalid Diriye
Social Media has changed a lot of the ways we tell others what is going on in our lives. While social networks, like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Foursquare, and Google+, do play a role in our lives they are really easy to track too.
Thinking about spring break vacation plans? Going on vacation is a great time to tell your friends where you will be heading and when you will be doing so. This makes a bulger’s job ten times easier than if they were to never know when your home would be vacant. Many experts say that the last thing you should be doing is giving out your vacation information on social networks. Here are ways you can go about safely setting up vacation plans.
· Avoid posting specific travel plans. Never post when, where, or how long you’ll be gone.
· Wait until you are home to post pictures to a vacation album.
· Use highest privacy control. Only let certain groups, like a family group, view your photos.
· Be selective with the status updates. You can use an audience-selector dropdown menu on Facebook to choose certain groups to see your status updates.
· Turn off GPS and tracking on your devices.
· Stay offline. You’re on vacation, after all. Relax and forget about the online world for a few days.
· For more questions regarding security contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (507) 389-6654
You can still use social networks for all they were meant to accomplish, but you need to take extra precautions to make sure your personal information doesn’t get in the wrong hands. Know what threats you are most vulnerable to and take steps to protect yourself and your networks.
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