Happy Vacation, Facebook!

Like a virus trying to find a way around antivirus software (or vice versa), a criminal will always try to find new ways to achieve his or her goals. Social networks – like Facebook – are really useful to thieves nowadays…. You are relentlessly feeding their infinite hit possibilities. How so?

July 17, 2015 post:
Huuurrraaaaayyyyy! We’re done packing the car, finally! All ready to go! Headed to (let’s suppose) Cape Cod! (You understand that you can change Cape Cod for any other location more than 30 minutes away from your place.)

July 18, 2015 post:
Thumbs up, with a seal on the beach in the background.

July 19, 2015 post:
Beautiful sunset with (name of partner/spouse)!

You’ll get tons of Likes on your posts. But, you are also revealing just enough information for a potential thief: your powerlessness to catch him or her physically on the spot by coming back home. Never thought of that? Then, you’re like most people.… You are probably not a thief at heart. But, you know, your friends will be just as happy to see pictures of your fully loaded car, the seal, and the sunset, or even a photo album, upon your return.

Posting your vacation plans on Facebook is just as bad as leaving your car in the long-term parking lot at the airport. A thief will also have access to an all-inclusive adventure! Why not wait until you come back to tell your friends all about your trip? It’ll be safer.

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