Your check-in and posts threaten your life

Is it good to log into your Facebook account, take photos and then announce with your “Friends” wherever you go?

“Ahhhh! Robber ! Anyone please helps me.” As fast as the lightning, the robber ran away after seconds. “It’s the new EOS digital camera I have just bought with all my saving money. It’s really expensive”, said Ha. She cried, “Why there have been so many unfortunates and troubles come to me in just 2 months?”

After 10 minutes checking-in on Facebook, my friend – Ha – was robbed the professional camera which costs her more than 30 million VND. Her major is about filming and photography but her family is between the middle and low class, therefore, it is really difficult for her to purchase a professional camera. In addition, just one month ago, she was also lost her Macbook Pro, which costs nearly 50 million VND. She said that she didn’t understand why the thief got into her house and stole it even though she put it in a place that was hard to find.

At that time, I didn’t understand why she continued being robbed her valuable devices in just only 2 months. And now, I figure out the reason. My friend really likes to take photos of everything she has and then check-in on Facebook to share with her friends. It is no doubt that why the thieves know all of her whereabouts to rob her valuable material things.

In 2010, the CEO of Facebook – Mark Zuckerberg – announced that Facebook has the new “check-in”. People can check-in wherever they are so the public, their friends, their family could know the location also discover new interesting places (Singel, 2010). Besides, nowadays, people tend to log into Facebook and update where and what they are going to do to share with their friends, grab others’ attentions or even to show off (Grover, 2014). Because of self-narcissism, many people said “I want others to be envious when seeing me check-in at luxurious places” or they want to gain more likes, comments and concerns from others.

social-media-burglars-infographic

(Reproduced from http://www.zdnet.com/article/infographic-80-of-robbers-check-twitter-facebook-google-street-view/)

Don’t be betrayed by your own account !

The number of social media users increase comes along with the rise of criminals. Robbers also take advantage of social networks to select their targets (Axon, 2010). According to Dickinson (2011), 80% of robbers check Social media including Facebook and Twitter daily to see when their targets are not at home. After then, they will make up a perfect plan to get into that target’s house to steal as much as they can. There used to be a story about a woman named Keri McMullen, who was lost $11,000 because of check-in on Facebook and announced that she was about to see a band with her financé. The robbers find no difficulty to find out the location of her house then broke into it to steal money (Sileo, n.d)

spy-on-competition-on-Facebook

(Reproduced from https://gigaompaidcontent.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/internet-privacy-spy-computer-magnifying-glass-o.jpg?quality=80&strip=all&w=633)

No matter how careful you set your privacy on social media, all your information still be in public and it might be the track and targets of robbers, burglars and thieves. Therefore, before posting anything on social media, especially Facebook, you must consider carefully and don’t post too much details about you or else it will harm you and your beloved people.

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Reference

Axon, S. 2010, ‘Don’t get robbed : Burglars use Facebook to pick targets’, Mashable News, viewed 24 April 2015,<http://mashable.com/2010/09/11/facebook-places-burglars/>

Dickinson, B. 2011, ‘ Infographic : 80% of robbers check Twitter, Facebook, Google street view’, ZDNet News, viewed 24 April 2015,<http://www.zdnet.com/article/infographic-80-of-robbers-check-twitter-facebook-google-street-view/>

Grover, B. 2014, ‘Top 5 reasons why people check-in on Facebook’, viewed 24 April 2015,<http://www.makemytrip.com/blog/top-5-reasons-people-check-facebook>

Singel, R. 2010, ‘Facebook launches Check-in service to connect people in real space’, Wired News, viewed 24 April 2015,<http://www.wired.com/2010/08/watch-facebooks-location-sharing-announcement-live/>

Sileo, n.d, ‘Facebook status update leads to robbery’, viewed 24 April 2015,<http://www.sileo.com/facebook-status-update-leads-to-robbery/>

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