Over-sharing on social media
Divulging your entire life story on Facebook or Instagram isn’t just annoying for those who follow you. It can also hold some potential dangers, says Ogden. “The countless personal details we upload on a daily basis make our profiles ripe for identity theft,” he told Reader’s Digest. Casual details floating around on your profile, even ones that might seem innocuous, are often the answers to “forgot-my-password” security questions. And, of course, those oh-so-likable vacation photos are a double-edged sword, since they do reveal to your followers that you’re not home. “Protect yourself by not befriending anyone you don’t know, making your profiles viewable only to friends, and keeping personal details off of your profiles,” Ogden recommends.
Having expensive tech in a prominent place in your home
If you have a very valuable tech product (or even a product that’s not technological!), you might want to be mindful of where in your home you place it. “Parking the shiny new big screen in front of a window is an advertisement for less-than-desirable window shoppers,” advises Allan Buxton, Lead Forensics Examiner at SecureForensics. “You may not care if your neighbours know that you binged a full season of Friends, but the bright, shiny display is easily spotted from the sidewalk and…can prompt thieves to take a closer look at the rest of your home.”
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