A recent blog post by Robert Siciliano, an identity theft expert, details the myriad of problems that can arise when parents post family photos or videos on social media. It issues some particularly stern warnings against posting pictures of children. Unfortunately, Facebook, Twitter, and other social sites popular with teens have become trolling places for pedophiles, and only one photo of a child, however innocent, can set off an obsession that becomes dangerous.
It's not hard for a social media and computer-savvy criminal to track down the location of that child and their family. The same can be said for criminals intent on home robberies. Posting pictures of your valuables can tempt thieves to find your home and steal your belongings.
How can homeowners and parents stop the flow of information to the public?
If Facebook is your social media platform of choice, learn Facebook's privacy settings and set them as high as you are comfortable. Go here to learn more about how to set your audience for your posts. You can learn more about privacy settings at Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat at these highlighted links, too.
Don't forget—it's possible for you to post pictures that go to a very specific audience. On Facebook, you can choose to post to as many or as few of your friend's timelines as you want, and you can block some friends from seeing your posts. You have to create this action with every post, but it will stem the spread of your personal images to strangers.
Of course, if you hesitate before you post, the best course of action is not to post at all. If you want to save the image, create a hard copy of the photo and a photo album. You can share photos digitally via photo-share sites such as Dropbox, too; again, be aware of your privacy settings.
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