Roland J Darel Okotoks & Calgary Realty Be careful what you share online

Has online social networking replaced your holiday letter to friends and loved ones? Be careful what you share.

You probably don't want everyone to know that you're going away for the holidays, or for how long. But by posting such information online, you may be doing just that – and putting your property at risk.

Here are some tips to make sure you share with care:

• Limit the personal information you share online to only what's necessary. Be careful using your last name, contact information, home address, phone numbers, email address, last names of friends or relatives, age, birth date, or other personal information.

• Check out the privacy and security settings of your social network and use them to control who sees what. Most have default settings which likely provide more access than you'd like. You can adjust settings to the highest possible level to protect your information and control who can see personal details (rather than "everyone" or "friends of friends").

• Be cautious about details in photographs that you post or share. Photographs can reveal a lot of personal information when there are clearly identifiable details such as street signs, licence plates on cars, or the name of a school on clothing.

Protect while you connect. More information is available online at GetCyberSafe.ca.



Courtesy of Newscanada
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