Tell other people to keep quiet.
It’s all very well and good staying tight-lipped about your holiday. But this is about as good a chocolate teapot if your loved ones jump on social media to wish you happy holidays. Be very clear to everyone that you don’t want to reveal your whereabouts, maybe hinting that they may choose to take the same path themselves when they go away. If your holiday is with friends and family, ask them not to tag you in any photos that they post. This leaves you just as exposed as you posting pictures yourself. If you believe you cannot trust your holiday comrades in this regard, the most helpful thing to do is go to your settings and turn off the facility for somebody to tag you.
Modify your privacy settings.
Are you conscious of who can see your posts? If you haven’t hardened your security settings, it may be that anyone with access to the internet could be having a right old nose through your chats and pictures. You determine your connections on social media, so you should decide who can see your posts. So, before going on holiday, visit your privacy settings on all the social platforms you use. Check that you are not sharing personal info with the wrong people. Make sure your settings are not public.
Also be sure to avoid publishing too much personal information around where you live, your date of birth and where you like to spend time. The less detail you share, the less inclined you are to become a victim.
Be Cautious With Your Home Insurance
Were you conscious that sharing aspects of your holiday online could invalidate your home insurance policy and any claim you may need to make if your assets are targeted while you are away on holiday? Many insurance policies will order policyholders to take sensible precautions in maintaining their property safe and secure. They may well view a social media post announcing that the property is empty as being in breach of this condition.
And Lastly… Secure Your Home Before You Leave
It’s essential to take steps to secure your home before you go on your holiday, so follow specific home security tips: