We now live in a ‘con­nect­ed world’ and many of us are using our home com­put­ers, lap­tops, smart phones to stay con­nect­ed 24/7. It is cer­tain­ly inter­est­ing and often fun to read about our friend’s adven­tures through social media sites like Face­book, Twit­ter, LinkedIn and oth­ers. Not only do we par­tic­i­pate but so do our kids and teenagers. What are the risks?

On a qui­et Sun­day morn­ing, while scan­ning Face­book, I was sur­prised to read on line how a num­ber of my friends were post­ing their dai­ly where­abouts and their vaca­tion plans. It occurred to me that my wife and I had also par­tic­i­pat­ed in this behav­iour. The real­iza­tion hit that per­haps this was mak­ing us vul­ner­a­ble to a break in. At that moment I resolved to make sure our Home Alarm sys­tem is acti­vat­ed EVERY TIME we leave our house. We had been inform­ing hun­dreds of peo­ple that our home would be unoc­cu­pied.
The con­cept of social net­work­ing is fas­ci­nat­ing. But by design it links us to hun­dreds and some­times thou­sands of peo­ple we bare­ly know….and by shared com­ments we now con­nect with friends of friends of friends…or oth­er­wise known as TOTAL STRANGERS. So when we post on our Face­book wall, or a friends wall, that we are going to the cot­tage for the weekend…just how many peo­ple are we telling that our house is emp­ty and vul­ner­a­ble? Do we know what our teenagers are post­ing every minute of the day? The bot­tom line is that while social net­work­ing is fun, we are putting our per­son­al infor­ma­tion in the pub­lic domain…and that comes with risks. NOW is a good time to have “the talk” with your fam­i­ly about inter­net safe­ty and using dis­cre­tion when post­ing on social media sites. We just don’t know who is lis­ten­ing and watch­ing. Use your alarm sys­tem every day to max­i­mize your pro­tec­tion. 24/7 mon­i­tor­ing of our homes has nev­er been more rel­e­vant or impor­tant.

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.