Stupid Tip of the Day: Do Not Publicly Announce Your Departure and Return — At Least Not Until After Your Trip

This bit of advice may seem to be elementary and obvious; but I have seen people announce on different social media platforms exactly when they are departing on trips — as well as when they are returning.

Stupid Tip of the Day: Do Not Publicly Announce Your Departure and Return — At Least Not Until After Your Trip

The main reason for this advice is that you have to assume that your personal information is available for anyone who wants to find it — especially after the recent spate of massive security breaches at a number of companies which exposed millions of people to having their sensitive personal information accidentally accessible…

…and if someone who knows your address also knows that you are not home, chances are that your belongings, your personal information — and possibly even your identity — has a better chance of being compromised.

Summary

Information pertaining to what you can do to prevent identity theft and credit card fraud — as well as how to reduce your risk of being a victim — is found in this article

…but do not give nefarious people an easier way to commit those offenses on you. Feel free to divulge details pertaining to your trip after you return — but again, be sure to not divulge sensitive information when you do.

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

3 thoughts on “Stupid Tip of the Day: Do Not Publicly Announce Your Departure and Return — At Least Not Until After Your Trip”

  1. Alex says:

    Hahaa. That’s why I post about trips that are underway after I check out or when I’m in the air so they can’t call the hotel or airline and cancel my itinerary.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      …or cut the cord during your bungee jump in Zimbabwe.

      I never thought of that, Alex. I suppose someone else canceling your hotel reservation or airline itinerary is indeed a possibility…

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