Leaving the key out for burglars this Christmas?

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The advent of Social Media has been fantastic in so many ways – keeping people connected, enabling people to see what someone on the other side of the world is seeing, and making event organising just that little bit easier! But what Social Media has been- and will continue to be detrimental for exposing the every move of the tech-savvy individual.

With the top two most common forms of Facebook posts categorised by the following[1] – The Announcers (e.g. I’ve just been given a trip to Vanuatu for Christmas…woo hoo!) and The Status Reporters (e.g. at the airport on my way to Vanuatu) – Social Media for those with less honourable intentions has fast become like a candy store for a kid…heaven!

The question many don’t ask themselves when making harmless posts is: “Why would I willingly tell thieves what I’m doing this Christmas?”

To help overcome this evasion of privacy without being the Christmas Grinch, Signal Security have put together a list of things to be mindful of when exploiting your movements on Social Media these holidays.

  • Modesty is key: The fourth most common form of Facebook upload is what’s referred to as The Braggarts & Show-Offs. Although you might be having a great time on holidays, not everyone will be doing something as great as you or might not wish to have their newsfeed filled with your pictures. Therefore, choose your uploads wisely and distribute sparingly to ensure you keep your friends in favour and burglars at bay. 
  • Be social, not socially engineered: For the untrained eye, your profile data says nothing more than the basics about your life, personality and regular activity. For cybercriminals this information is used in what experts call social engineering schemes[2]. This information can be used for planning schemes as far out as two weeks before a big event or as quickly as three hours after it. Therefore, to ensure your data doesn’t let you down whilst your home is unattended, think about the finer details of the content you post and your timings. Bring back the old-fashioned photo viewing night, we say!
  • Public or Private? Although somewhat going against the grain of social networking, one of the easiest ways to minimise the risk of sharing too much information is to make your profile private. Make sure your settings give you full control over who sees your uploads, who can comment and who can make uploads about you because it can often be the best intentions of others that can undo all your good work!
  • Nobody likes a show-off! Christmas is a time for gifting – that includes giving and receiving! One of the biggest mistakes people make at times like Christmas is their urge to show the world what filled Santa’s stocking.  For those lucky few who receive gifts by the likes of jewellery, cash, art, golf clubs, motorbikes…we’re talking to you!  Therefore, to ensure that thieves aren’t waiting to have their own Christmas with your presents, remember, no one likes a show off!

And if that’s not enough, here are a few tips from Facebook themselves about controlling what you share on the social network.

  1. Check out who can see your past posts – and limit the audience if you’re not comfortable with anything.
  2. Consider who you’re sharing with today. Each time you post a new photo, status update, link or other content you can set the privacy for it. Just look for the audience selector and follow the prompts.
  3. To review or change who can see your stuff, visit your privacy shortcuts. Just click the lock at the top of any page on Facebook.

References

  1. http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/types-of-facebook-updates/
  2. http://socialbarrel.seermarketingpty.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/How-Too-Much-Information-Shared-Through-Social-Media-Can-Really-Hurt-You-Infographic.jpg

How safe is your suburb this holiday period?

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Think you live in the perfect neighbourhood? Sometimes it’s harder to judge than you think.  This Christmas, Signal Security is doing an east coast fly around to check out who’s saying what when it comes to suburb safety!

Putting VIC, NSW & QLD under the magnifying glass, we’ve checked out some of the most crime prone and quietest suburbs over the last two months…and are also giving you the tools to check out how safe your suburb is. Continue reading

Self-protection! Our tips on avoiding identity theft this Christmas!

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We expect your credit card will get a thrashing over the next few months with Christmas shopping and holidaying…this is prime time for fraudsters both here and abroad to tap into your activity and use your details to steal your heard earned money!

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Fraud Survey in 2010-2011 Australian’s lost $1.4 billion due to personal fraud. More alarmingly, the survey estimated a total of 1.2 million Australians aged 15 years and over were victim of at least one incident of identity fraud in the 12 months prior to the survey interview. This is an increase from 806,000 victims of personal fraud in 2007 (5 per cent). Continue reading

Sugar overdosing isn’t the only danger this Halloween!

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Sugar overdosing isn’t the only danger this Halloween. The perils of this originally pagan celebration include increased rates of children being struck or run over by passing cars whilst trick-or-treating, and dangers brought about by eating unpackaged foods such as foodborne disease, contaminated food and food allergies.

If you are celebrating Halloween this October 31st, we’ve put together some simple tips to ensure you and your family trick-or-treat the safe way – whilst having fun! Continue reading

As the thermometer rises, so does the crime rate

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As the weather improves and the days get longer, the temptation to enjoy the outdoors and the tendency to relax security is high. Police warn that many burglaries at this time of year are crimes of opportunity and when a criminal sees an open window or unlocked door letting in the spring air, the temptation to enter and steal cash or other items of value is too good to pass up!

Good security is more than just installing an alarm system. Follow our top tips to protect your property this spring: Continue reading

5 ways to secure your Facebook page

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Facebook can be a helpful way to keep up with friends and share information. However, in some situations, sharing too much information can have horrible results. From hackers to potential employers, unless you have secured your Facebook page, you don’t really know who has access to your details.

If you haven’t already assessed your Facebook privacy settings, below are a few ways to help secure your Facebook Page for all users. Continue reading