Holiday selfies are putting a third of social users at risk of burglary
Posting holiday photos and tagging locations are putting 40% of holidaymakers at risk of burglary, a new study has revealed.
A survey by insurance specialist Admiral has found that social users could be making their homes targets for thieves who are using the technology to track unaware homeowners.
The data showed that one in six social media users have fully open accounts, allowing anyone visibility. Nearly a third (30%) of people allow live check-in functions or location tagging while they’re away.
More than one in three (40%) of us post pictures on social media while on holiday, Instagram users being the most likely to do so, with 70% of people Instagramming their holiday.
Furthermore, one in six never check their privacy settings, with Facebook users being the least likely to do this.
Nearly a third (30%) have also mentioned a future holiday on social media, notifying followers when they will be away from home.
Former Crime Scene Investigator, Alex Iszatt, has worked with Admiral to help raise awareness around social media safety while on holiday.
“If your friends can see where you have checked in, so can a burglar. Criminals can get a good idea about where you live and use [Google] Street View to find the best way into your property,” advises Iszatt.
“Turn off location-sharing features, update your privacy settings and stop broadcasting to people who aren’t in your immediate group of friends.
“Try not to post from your holiday destination – it is a clear advertisement that your house is unoccupied. If you really can’t stop posting your pics – then add them to an album and share only with your close friends and relatives.”
Noel Summerfield, head of home insurance at Admiral said: “Something as innocent as taking a holiday selfie could spell disaster if you’re not careful with your social media.
“We launched the Be Social Secure campaign to make more people aware about the ways that potential burglars can use technology to track you.”
Iszatt offered her expertise as part of an infographic detailing the ways that burglars can break into your home: http://www.admiral.com/magazine/guides/home/staying-secure-whilst-on-holiday
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