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4 ways burglars use social media to target you

4 ways burglars use social media to target you
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We've all seen the posting on Facebook: A friend at the airport, family in tow. She posts a selfie of her and her kids, all bundled up for a winter vacation.

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"Heading off on our vacation, woo hoo! Won't be back for two weeks!"

What's wrong with that picture?

Did she really want anyone to know her house would be empty for the next two weeks? There's nothing wrong with keeping in touch with friends and family on social media. But if you're not careful, the wrong people could be looking at your check-ins, tweets, status updates, and other social media posts.

I'm talking about burglars, stalkers and other criminals. According to one survey, more than 75 percent of convicted burglars admitted that thieves use social media to target victims!

Here's how they do it - and what you can do to prevent from becoming their next victim.

1. Location-sharing services and apps
Checking in at the airport or your hotel might seem like a fun way to let friends and family know you're on vacation. But it could also be letting the wrong people know that your house is empty.

Burglars are combing through social media looking for easy targets. These criminals only need a rough idea of where you live - and access to Google Street View - to start casing your home.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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