Today, social networks are a mirror in which our real life is reflected. It doesn’t have to mean it’s always as it looks, and then you can often see your friends share some beautiful photos (possibly photoshopped) where everything is ideal, from the proportions of the body to where it was taken. This is part of the fact that many people need to be accepted, so if they cannot lead an ideal life in the real world, then at least they do it in the cyber world, that is, on social networks.
However, the fact is that a lot of people also put real information and pictures on their social media profiles that can cause someone to see where a person is. It’s not scary if only your friends see it, but it can be dangerous to see it and someone shouldn’t. In the first place here, I think that thieves who closely follow the development of high technology, far more than the average user can imagine.
It is for this reason that since the holiday season has started, I wanted to through this post act a little on the behavior of individuals who could endanger themselves and their property in this way. It is completely normal for all of us to wait all those 10-15 days for a good rest and recharge our batteries for the coming work, but do not let any of these things ruin you and cause you more material damage.
What can cause the problem?
The first thing that can be a problem is which social network we use. Different social networks have different rules for who can see your post or image. It’s especially dangerous here if you upload pictures to Twitter because the network is such that your post can be viewed by anyone on the timeline, whether it is your friend or acquaintance or not and it doesn’t even matter if there is an account open on this network. With the Facebook network, the situation is slightly different and we can control who can see the post. However, it should be noted that if one of your friends leaves a comment on a post, it is possible that his friends will see it, and even if one of them likes the circle of those who have seen the post, it will expand dramatically.
I want to mention here that you should only have people you know in your friend’s list and in real life, you can never be sure who is hiding behind any of the accounts. Particularly for young people, it is “in” to have as many friends as possible to be popular, which has proven to be completely wrong and very dangerous because pedophiles or thieves may be hiding among them. It was just a case of a boy who hung a picture of his expensive gift and in addition recorded an expensive Hi-fi system and smart TV to boast, but did not know that the option of geotags was automatically turned on on his iPhone and that if anyone analyzed the image can come up with accurate data and see the location and image of the object where the photo was taken on Google Map. Of course among this boy’s friends was his peer whose father is a top-level robber who used it and emptied the house while no one was inside.
What to do and what not to do?
As in real life, it is common to leave partially raised shutters and some light on before traveling, to hide the fact that there is currently no one in the facility and not to attract “uninvited” guests. Similar behavior should be observed on social networks or cyberspace only if other methods are used here:
1. Avoid checking in specific places on your Facebook
This is extremely dangerous because someone can see in real-time where you are currently, in what city, maybe in what building and therefore know that you are not in your apartment or house or that your car may be parked in front of the apartment or on the street for longer which he can use for robbery. Only use this option in situations where you think it is appropriate and not when you want to boast that you are in a luxury hotel of an exotic resort and as your friends should see.
2. Post your vacation pictures only after you return home
It does not matter at all whether you will be able to see your perfect photos that are perfect to see 10 or 15 days before or after. It is recommended that you only take pictures after you return home because the pictures may also be visible to members of your family who are on holiday with you and if someone knows the family well, you can decide if someone has stayed in the apartment or home. Geotagging should also be taken into consideration, as many cameras have an auto-on feature so someone can read through the data with some tools and see where the photo was taken. It also goes without saying that you do not have to manually enter where the image was taken since that option also exists. Another thing that is very important and related to Facebook pictures is that the setting of access to Public is not left, but that it must be changed in order to control how many can control who will be able to see the picture, here again, I should mention that depending on social networks here can be quite different options and how they work.
3. Keep an eye on the posting intensity or the number of posts
What would not be a good idea is to use a social media profile in a non-standard way during the summer. This would mean that if you post one or more posts a day, you should not post a single post during those 10 days of vacation, as this may indicate that you are on the road. You should take care of this, so if you are not sure whether you will have internet access and if you will carry your tablet or laptop with you at all, there is also an option to post a time on some social networks when something will be posted automatically. So if the social network does not have this option, there are additional programs and sites that allow this to be done automatically in predefined order and times. You can adjust this before departure and then not worry about it for the next 10-15 days.
4. Do not deactivate your profile
It is by no means advisable to temporarily deactivate your account – this is a good indicator that you have not been there for a while. Many people think this is good because no one will be able to try anything because the account is inactive, but this is completely wrong. The first is that someone can see that the account is no longer active, which in itself can be an indicator, and second, that by first trying to log in from the correct email address from which the account was opened, one can easily reactivate it. This option is not recommended at all in these situations and it is better to keep the account active than deactivate it. The only advantage of deactivation is that no one will be able to tag you somewhere, but you can also arrange it in settings where each tag is approved, so if someone tries while you are away, nothing will happen unless you are asked to approve the action upon return.
I hope in this post I was able to at least make you think a bit about this topic so that a nice thing like a vacation does not end in an undesirable way.