School is out and summer is in full swing. What are your vacation plans? Beach? Amusement park? Camping? National Park? Before you go jet off to exotic locales, understand that when you start posting pictures and status updates, checking in, and sending tweets, you’re sharing your location with a potentially large group of strangers. Why is this a bad thing?
Before you go “Countdown to paradise — Maui here we come!”
Resist the urge to announce your plans ahead of time. This is like putting a sign on your front lawn saying, “We’ll be 1,000 miles away for the next two weeks. Come on in and take what you like.” If I can easily set up a search in Tweetdeck or Mention based around the word “Vacation” within your zip code, don’t you think criminals can also? [Read more…]