Sharing your holiday location on social media can lead to serious risks

Tourists taking selfies while on vacation in Dublin, Ireland
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When it comes to posting your holiday snaps on social media, a few simple mistakes can turn your dream getaway into a nightmare. From revealing your exact location to accidentally sharing sensitive travel documents, these blunders can put you at serious risk.

Online privacy expert Trevor Cooke from EarthWeb has pointed out four major social media pitfalls to steer clear of while on holiday. Following his top tips can help ensure your safety and still allow you to have a great holiday experience.

Sharing your location on social media as you travel can be risky for several reasons. Instagram, for instance, makes it incredibly easy to tag stories with your current location.

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However, by doing this in real-time, you're essentially broadcasting your whereabouts to a wide audience, which could include potential criminals. A high-profile example of the dangers involved is the 2016 robbery of Kim Kardashian in Paris.

Despite having a highly trained security team, Kim was targeted and robbed at gunpoint after revealing the location of her hotel and pictures of her expensive jewellery on social media. This incident highlighted how even those with robust security measures can fall victim to crimes facilitated by social media exposure, reports Wales Online.

While you may not be showing off million-dollar gems, it's still vital to keep your location under wraps. Sharing your current location can expose you to a variety of risks, including burglary, stalking, and other personal safety threats.

Woman video calling in waiting area of airport terminal, showing passport and boarding pass to the phone
Sharing snaps of travel documents, like passports or boarding passes, are also things to avoid -Credit:Getty Images

Crooks can exploit the information you share to target you or your vacant property. Trevor said: "If you really want to share the location of where you travelled to, wait until you're already at the next location or back home.

"By delaying your posts, you can still share your experiences without compromising your safety."

Another significant risk is that criminals can easily deduce that you're far from home.

By disclosing your specific travel dates, you unintentionally alert potential burglars to the exact time frame your home will be empty. Even an apparently harmless post like "we're off for the next two weeks" gives valuable information to criminals.

They now know not only that your house is empty, but also for how long, giving them plenty of time to plan and carry out a break-in. This makes your home a prime target for burglary, increasing the chance of theft and property damage.

Plus, broadcasting your travel itinerary can open you up to additional dangers like identity theft or harassment. Trevor said: "Information about your absence can be exploited in various ways, from impersonating you to accessing your personal accounts or even attempting to scam friends and family who might be unaware of your travel plans."

"To protect yourself, it's best to avoid posting your holiday plans and specific travel dates on social media. If you want to share your experiences, wait until you return home."

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