Taking a quick selfie at the airport and posting it to Instagram might seem like a fun way to let friends and family know you're on vacation, but burglars are also 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.
Although adding locations may seem like a fun addition to an already exciting social media site, the truth is that enabling these location services is a big risk with little reward.
Take suspected burglar Arturo Galvan as an example. The 44-year-old Los Angeles resident is facing charges of burglary, receiving stolen property, and peeping and prowling after he was busted with "a garage-full" of stolen items, from an estimated 24 victims.
But what makes this story unique is not the fact that he (allegedly) stole, it's what he took and how he did it. Among the stolen items was something pretty peculiar: panties - both clean and dirty - bras, jewelry and even framed photos of the women he stole from. Galvan is currently out on $200,000 bail.
But just how did he do it ? Police suspect he pulled geolocation data from Instagram to find and locate his victims - who are all college-age women.
Let this serve as a reminder to not add location data to your photographs and be sure to keep your Instagram account private.
To make sure Instagram can't access your location data, on your iPhone, go to Settings>>Instagram>>Location and toggle that option off.
You'll also want to make your Instagram a private account, in Instagram go to the gear icon in the top right hand corner. Then, toggle on the "Private Account" option.