Social Media Posts Are Leaving Home Owners Exposed To Burglars

Police warn Facebook posts could put unsuspecting holidaymakers at risk of theft
They are the statistics that, for some, may yet ruin Christmas.

One in three people have never met their friends and followers on social media yet more than half upload posts about holidays away – with a further third posting pictures of gifts left behind in the house.

A home security survey, commissioned by insurer GIO, has exposed the social media habits of almost 3300 Australians. While many happily reveal private information about their home, its location, its contents and time spent away, 37 per cent are oblivious to who they are sharing those details with. A further one in five people check their privacy settings less than once a year – or not at all. 

“It’s completely stupid,” said cyber safety expert and former police officer Susan McLean. “Social media is a great tool but would you go down the street and share all your personal information with people you don’t know? The answer is no – so why are you doing it online?”

Ms Mclean said that as social media, such as Facebook, continued to grow and develop into genuine “business tools”, it was “vital” that people “separate” that use from private social media.

Read more at SMH.

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