Revealed! The number one mistake homeowners make when going on holiday…

Revealed! The number one mistake homeowners make when going on holiday…


Posted 5th October

When it comes to social media, we're all guilty of sometimes oversharing. But could oversharing be putting your home's security at risk as well?

 

Whether it's a detailed breakdown of what you had for breakfast, or an embarrassing tale involving one too many glasses of wine, a social media post can, on the whole, seem rather innocent. 

However, did you know that your social media posts could be providing vital information to burglars in your area?

That's right, when speaking to the home security brand Yale, in partnership with Swinton Insurance, they told us burglars are now heading online to track homeowners empty houses.

But don't fret, because we've come up with a list of handy social media tips that will help you keep your home safe when you're on holiday.

 

1) Set all your social media accounts to private.

This one may seem obvious, but as soon as you allow your posts to be accessed by the public, or even friends of friends, you are leaving your home vulnerable to intrusions.

To read how to set your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts to private, click the links below.

Facebook: Click HERE.

Twitter: Click HERE.

Instagram: Click HERE.

 

2) Reminisce on your return

The urge to 'check-in' to certain locations is certainly a temptation for the avid social media user, but this can be very risky.

The modern-day burglar is very shrewd and will more than likely be stalking social media accounts to see who's away, and checking-in online could mean you're their first target.

By waiting to post your photos, statuses and check-in details when you arrive back home, you can seriously reduce the risk of your home becoming a target.

 

3) Manage your location settings

Even if you are careful to not tag yourself in specific locations, GPS and geo-tagging features can allow other users to reveal your specific location, without you even realising it. This is something that can easily be switched off on your social media and your phone settings.

For a guide on how to stop location tracking in your iPhone, click HERE. For Androids, click HERE.

 

4) Upgrade your home security

It's always a good idea to take a proper look at your home's security as a last defense against social media savvy burglars. 

When it comes to home security systems, smart home systems are the way to go. You can even receive updates and notifications straight to your phone when your alarm is triggered. So you can be in, even when you're out!

 

For more information on how to keep your home safe on social media, click here!






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