Does Social Media Use Cause Insurance Rate Hikes?
In this season of giving, receiving and celebrating our significance, one insurance company gives holiday revelers who employ social media tools advice on careful consideration of usage. Some tips include:
Turning off geo-location
You wouldn't want someone watching your every move, should they be wanting to steal your stockings.
Avoiding check-ins upon arrival in lieu of checking in as you leave
This could give a thief the opportunity he needs, if you find yourself checking in with the clear intention of staying a while, allowing the time for someone to steal holiday goodies from your trunk.
Don't give information regarding expensive gifts
Not only might someone spill the beans with your recipient, but some "unfriendly" friend could be in the market for something you've purchased.
Don't update when out of town
If you're lucky enough to be able to spend some time in relaxation mode, don't ruin the tranquility by staying user-friendly... give it a break, and keep your whereabouts unannounced in the process.
Don't give specific travel plans when updating
Your travel calendar could become part of someone's unethical workday should you inadvertently give more information than anyone needs.
Allstate also recommends keeping privacy settings secure and watching what you upload in terms of personal or private identification when video or photo sharing. A review of these safety habits for social media use and for precautions you can take in attempting to keep your home safe while away for any period of time during the holidays in an article on KSDK.com, also suggests giving the appearance of being home, even when you're not, in the desire to keep burglars at bay.