- Don’t announce your vacation plans in advance
- You’re excited about your upcoming week on the beach and you’d like to share, but resist the urge to post the details or tweet your plans.
- Keep your location private
- Mobile devices and laptops have settings that track your location using Wi-Fi hotspots or GPS. By disabling these settings, your geographic location won’t be captured if you tweet or post.
- Review your Facebook settings
- With Facebook’s privacy settings, you can control which posts and photos you’re tagged in, but only if you enable the timeline review control which prevents tagged posts from automatically appearing on your timeline. So if you are vacationing with friends who tag you in their photos, you can delay having them show on your timeline until you are at home again.
Don’t check in while you’re away
Checking-in on Foursquare and Facebook pins your exact location on the social media virtual map. Yes, it shows your friends where you are, but it also shows the same to burglars who might be tracking you.
Save those great moments for your return
By all means, take photos to remember that vacation experience and even make notes to use in future social media messages if you have an app for that. But don’t post them in real time. If you must do your posts “in the moment” then schedule them to delay posting until you’ve returned home. Perhaps use a social media management app like HootSuite to write posts and tweets, then schedule them to post at a later date.
- Share, share, share
- Once you return from that great vacation, you can relive it all again by sharing all the moments with friends and family as you publish all those photos, videos, posts, tweets and blog articles. It will seem like you’re living it all again but in the safety of home.
Home Insurance Tip
If you find that your home has been burglarized, the first step is to make a police report. The next step is to contact your insurance agent to file a home insurance claim. To do so, you’ll need to know what was lost and what the dollar value was. To make this process easy, prepare a room-by-room home inventory – preferably one that lists all items of value in your home along their cost (or appraised value) and including photographs whenever possible. Consider the Know Your Stuff home inventory tool provided by the Insurance Information Institute.
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