Since we prefer to stick with tech news, you won't find us covering many stories about celebrities. However, Kim Kardashian West was recently held at gunpoint and the incident raises some major security concerns that you need to know about.
According to the police report, the reality TV star was robbed at a hotel in Paris by a group of men dressed as police officers. The thieves got away with over $10 million worth of jewelry and two iPhones. But how did the criminals know where to find Kardashian West?
Kim Kardashian West is known worldwide. It's not just the reality show "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" that makes her so well-known. She is also famous for posting her every move on social media.
Kardashian West has over 84 million followers on Instagram and more than 48 million followers on Twitter. Before she went to Paris for Fashion Week, she posted this photo on Instagram letting the world know she was on her way:
As if announcing her location to the world wasn't bad enough, she later posted this photo showing herself wearing a massive diamond ring:
A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on
An official with the Paris police confirmed that the incident happened at the Hôtel de Pourtalès. They say that she was tied up and locked in the bathroom of her hotel room while the robbers searched for the jewels.
Kardashian West told the police the robbers only spoke French, but she heard them yelling, "ring, ring." Could it be that the attackers were trying to find the huge ring that she posted a picture of on social media?
It's possible, which is why we wanted to warn you about your online security and social media. You don't have to be Kim Kardashian West to be robbed, and you shouldn't make the mistake of making certain details about your life public.
Whether you use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media platform, here are three things you should never reveal, even if your account is private.
- Details of your upcoming vacation - Taking a trip to a wonderful destination is exciting. You probably are so thrilled with your upcoming vacation you want to let everyone know about it on your social media accounts. Bad idea! Putting details like this on social media could lead to having your home robbed while you're gone. Find out how savvy you are when it comes to home safety by taking our quiz.
- Photos of expensive items - As you can see from the Kardashian West robbery, posting pictures of expensive jewelry on social media is not a good move. Tipping off a potential criminal to your valuables puts you at risk. You never want to give the criminal inspiration for targeting you.
- Financial information - You might not believe it but some people actually post pictures that show their credit cards. Obviously, criminals could take the numbers right off the pictures to steal from your account. Never mention on social media what bank you do business with either. If a hacker knows where you bank, your name and birthdate could be enough information to get into your accounts.
It's also a good idea to not overshare on your account profile. Click here for five details Facebook asks for that you shouldn't give.
Those are just some mistakes that criminals are always looking to pounce on. Keep checking in with our Happening Now section for security tips and updates.