When a couple becomes engaged, are about to embark on a dream vacation, or another personal event is looming on the horizon, the tendency is to tell the world via Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp and other online sites. But doing so could backfire if you are not careful. You could be telling the world, not just your family and friends. And you don’t know who may be lurking out there – a former emotionally unstable boy/girlfriend, a stalker, a party crasher, or even a burglar who knows your home will be vacant for that great vacation, reunion or even a funeral.
So, how can you prevent unwanted individuals from learning your plans? First, update the privacy settings on the websites you regularly use. Be certain you are sharing only with friends and family. Don’t accept Friend or Follower requests from people you don’t know well. Ask your friends not to share the details of your event with their followers.
Second, be careful what you share. Don’t publicize too many details, particularly dates and locations. If you create a wedding website on a popular site such as theKnot, be sure it is a secure, password protected site accessible only by those to whom you give permission.
If you are planning a vacation, wait until you return to publish photos. Making posts as you travel alerts the world to the fact that your home may be unoccupied. Also ask a neighbor to keep an eye on the house and stop mail and other deliveries.
With a little diligence, the possibility of unintentionally placing yourself or your property at risk can be greatly reduced.