How to Use Social Media to Share Your Vacation
When you go on vacation, it’s only natural that you’ll want to share the experience with your friends and family. Social media provides a great way to do that. You can post photos, tell people what’s happening, and share every detail with the people you love the most. However, you need to be careful when doing so.
Sharing too much information on social media is a bad decision at any time. But when you share vacation photos and stories, you’re more likely to let out too much information. You can enjoy giving information on your adventures via social media, but make sure you be careful when you do it.
When you go on vacation:
- Don’t geotag yourself
- Consider making your social media account private
- Don’t let people know your house will be empty
- Verify your info after you get home
Don’t Geotag Yourself
Geotagging allows you to put your exact location in a post. Usually, that means choosing a public establishment nearby and adding it to the picture of the status update. It can be an interesting little addition to a photo. But the privacy concerns associated with it can be too significant to make it worth your while.
Usually, geotagging only works when you post the photo; you can’t generally geotag a photo that you post hours after getting home. Thus, when you post it, anyone who sees the geotag knows where you are at that exact moment. It’s not worth it, especially if you’re miles away from home and sharing it with the public.
Check Your Privacy Settings
Speaking of sharing things with the public…it’s generally a bad idea! Even public figures need to make sure they’re not giving too much away. And as a regular person on vacation somewhere fun, that’s even more significant.
If you’re going to post vacation photos, especially while you’re actually on vacation, you need to make sure you’re only sharing them with friends and family. Consider making your social media accounts private, at least while you’re on vacation. That way, only the people you trust will be able to see where you are and when.
Don’t Tell People Your Home Will Be Empty
No matter how long you’re going to leave your home empty, you shouldn’t broadcast it to the world. Thieves are always on the lookout for an empty home, because it means they’re less likely to run into trouble when trying to break in and take things. If you tell too many people that you’ll be out of the house for a week or two, you’re asking for trouble.
There are a few ways to avoid this. Especially if you’re only going to be gone for a day or two, don’t mention your vacation until you’ve returned home. That way, nobody will know that your home was vacant until it isn’t anymore. You can also install security cameras to catch any suspicious behavior. Lastly, consider asking or hiring someone to housesit for you while you’re gone so that the house isn’t vacant.
Check That You Haven’t Accidentally Let Anything Leak
Once you get back home, you’re probably going to be reveling in the post-vacation warmth for some time. Before you do that, though, it’s important to check that all is still well with your information. To try and do that, you can use PeopleFinders.
With PeopleFinders, you can try to find out what information is available about you online. The process is simple: perform a people search on yourself. When you do that, you may be able to access a full list of your public records information, possibly including your contact info, friends and relatives, and even your social media profiles and pictures. If you see things that you didn’t mean to let leak, do a bit of digging into your social media profiles to see if you may need to delete some information.
Going on a vacation is the perfect way to relax. It’s an escape from everyday life, and that escape can be fun to share on social media. However, it’s important to make sure you stay safe when you’re doing it.
Once you get home from your trip, even if you’ve been as careful as possible, use PeopleFinders to try and be sure. Plus, you can check the PeopleFinders blog to get more ideas for how to use PeopleFinders and otherwise be safer in your everyday life.
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