Are you an avid Tweeter? Do you update your Facebook with your location on the go? Beware, your social networking efforts give hackers the optimal times for an attack.
Social networking sites are a great tool to use when building connections with family, friends, vendors, clients and even prospects. However, if you have joined the new wave of Twitter users who are using location-aware tweeting, you may be endangering yourself and your business!
Be careful with geolocation features that may say more than you want! Twitter recently integrated their geographic location program directly into their main Twitter Web site. While this is an interesting application, it can be very dangerous too. Turning on this geolocation feature, means broadcasting your location using the name of your town, neighborhood or even your exact position. Once this feature is turned on, other users can view a map with a marker of your location which, when hovered over, turns blue and shows a mini-Google map displaying the origin of your tweet.
So, what can you do to stay safe? It’s as simple as saying “NO!” Don’t use location sharing programs on any social networking sites to reveal your home address or other personal information. If you want to share the location of a great business or venue, then type the address or give information about the venue like the date, time and name of the event. This will help you protect your privacy so unwanted visitors don’t crash on your couch while you are finishing dinner with your prized client or marching in a community parade.
Social networking safety is a must! Here are a few quick tips to remember when you’re updating your blog, tweeting on the go or catching up with contacts on Facebook:
- Social networking posts should not reveal enough information that it could be used to case a business or a residence for a burglary.
- Remember, once you post information online, you cannot take it back and it may quickly spread to other Web sites.
- Use privacy settings to restrict who can see your posts online.
It’s a bit of common sense, but sometimes the best practice is honesty. To learn more about Internet browsing and social networking safety visit www.OnGuardOnline.gov.