Beware The Overshare: How Your Travel Pics Are Endangering You
Written By Syahirah Khairuddin and NordVPN
“Pics or it didn’t happen.”
Today, it’s all about Insta-worthy locations and holiday spots. But according to experts, sharing too much on social media while traveling can make that person an easy target for thieves. These days, burglars are smart and sly — they know specifically when,where and how to invade our privacy. The easiest way for them to mark their victim is by using social media to find out if someone’s home or not — especially during holiday season because people are off on their vacation.
While social media users know they shouldn’t share their home address, current location or phone number on Facebook, many of them still share vacation photos with hashtags of hotels, restaurants and bars. Information such as these may look innocent to share, yet are potential threats that tend to be overlooked.
“Although it’s fun to post vacation photos and let everyone know you’re having a cocktail on a sunny beach, that sends a clear signal to burglars that your home is empty,” said Ruby Gonzalez, Communications Director of NordVPN. “Even the people who feel sufficiently educated about online privacy still reveal their personal details online. Millennials especially tend to post their travel plans as well as travel photos.”
In case you didn’t know, NordVPN is a Virtual Private Network provider that helps protect online privacy by hiding an Internet user’s IP address and substituting it with NordVPN’s server’s IP address in any country of choice.
Here are some advice from NordVPN on how we can still enjoy sharing on social media by being safe and private:
Wait till you get home to post your travel pictures
If you really desperately need to show to your friends and followers about your holiday, you should at least wait till you are back home, and when your home is no longer empty.