Does any of these look familiar to you?
“___________ is traveling to Japan from Cebu Internal Airport.”
“___________ is at SM City Cebu.”
“___________ is celebrating her birthday with ____________ at Ayala Center Cebu.”
You’ve probably seen these posts all over your Facebook feed. Accompanied with selfies and group photos, these posts are considered the norm these days. Some may even say posting your whereabouts when hanging out with friends is a must!
But what we don’t realize is that this simple act is putting our lives and those that we love in grave danger. Here are the reasons why:
#1. It confirms your location. Should anyone want to hurt you, it’s easy to find you because they know where you are. Don’t have enemies? You can’t be too sure! Motives of perpetrators aren’t always black and white.
In fact, anyone could be looking at your profile now and say, “Oh, she has a nice phone. Let’s rob her.” Or worse, “Oh he/she looks good. Let’s find her, follow her, and…” I don’t even want to finish that thought. You know what I mean!
#2. It confirms where you’re not. When you post your whereabouts, it doesn’t only show your location, it shows that you’re not at home. Especially those who live alone or have partners who are also out & about, your posts just have some theft the go signal to rob your place.
But what fun is taking cute selfies if you can’t post them?
Millennials, I hear you!
Here are some ways you can protect yourself:
#1. I follow one simple rule when I post online: Don’t post in real-time. When I go out to hang out with friends, I take photos & videos then I wait until I get home (or the next morning) before I post them. This gives you an extra layer of protection and still allows me to give in to my millennial crave to post everything online!
#2. The first tip above doesn’t really work when you’re traveling long-term. Luckily, my next tip still involves your phone! Install some CCTV cameras with night-vision and make sure you monitor your place from time to time on your phone. I do this every time I go out because I’m one paranoid woman.
Hootsuite, a US-based social media management platform, has released its “Digital in 2018” report of social media and digital trends around the world. The report revealed that the Philippines now has 67 million Internet users, with all of them active on social media. This widespread use of the internet gives rise to the emergence of internet-related crimes such as rape, theft, bullying and piracy which made the public, especially the youth, very vulnerable.
Because of this, Globe Telecom, being a purveyor of digital lifestyle, came out with the #makeITsafePH cybersecurity and cyberwellness campaign to educate consumers about online threats and what they can do to avoid becoming a victim. The campaign also teaches the public proper online etiquette so that they would not become a source of such deplorable behavior.