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Dreaming of a warmer destination? Think twice about social media posts

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Friday, March 14, 2014, 1:00 PM

Dreaming of a warmer destination or making some last minute spring break plans? We don't blame you, but if you want to brag and show pictures to all of your friends, make sure to be safe on social media.

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"The best rule of advice is always to make sure your profile settings are on a high security and keep it close and intimate to family and immediate friends if you are going to post something like 'I am going away,'" warns Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Media Relations Officer with the Toronto Police Service. "If you have it public, you are opening the door to invite some trouble."

Sidhu adds that another main thing to look out for is geo-tagging.

"Say for instance I take a picture at home today of my dog and I post the picture. Next week I go to New York and I now post a picture of me in New York. Someone can easily take a look at my home profile picture and locate where I live. And now that I've posted that I'm in New York, the person's now aware that I'm not at home."  

Geo-tagging is something you can actually turn OFF on your cell phone. So if you have an iPhone for example, go to settings, then to privacy, and the top option there is location services. You can turn the location services off on your phone, or specifically off for different applications like Facebook and Twitter.

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