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Would you leave a sign on your front door letting everyone know you were on vacation?  Posting this information on social media sites is like doing the same thing.  Summer is quickly approaching and vacations are right around the corner.  Although social media is a way to share your life, don’t get carried away and share everything.

Thieves have been known to look on social media sites to plan break-ins.  Most of the time your profile will have your real name and home address.  The social media culture encourages sharing experiences in real time so you may not realize the dangers of posting the most random details of your life.

You may be saying you are not at risk because you have privacy settings turned on.  However, you may still be at risk if you allow friends-of-friends to be included as your circle of friends.  Some of these people you may not even know.

Relive your vacation again by talking about it and posting your pictures – after you return.

 

Christina Bonds

Christina Bonds is an Application Specialist in the Web Technology department at Elon University.

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