With the holiday season upon us, more and more people are looking for ways to connect with loved ones and old friends if they can’t be with them in person. Social media sites like Facebook have seen an influx of baby boomers in recent years and with the holiday season here, more and more of us are looking for ways to connect with loved ones and old friends if we can’t be with them in person.
While it’s wonderful to use social media to make connections, it can have a downside. Here are some holiday social media tips to keep you relatively safe:
1) Do not make public announcements about where you’re going. No one needs to know you’re leaving your home to go away to visit your children in another state. As a matter of fact, no one ever needs to know when you leave your home because that means it could be unattended and an open invitation to thieves.
2) Don’t tell people where you are. On Twitter, people are known to post where they are while they’re there. Once again, that’s an open invitation to burglars.
3) Don’t announce your shopping expenditures. Why brag that you’ve spent several hundred dollars on Christmas gifts this year? That’s a signal that you HAVE money and could become a target for a robbery—or something far worse.
4) Advise your children and grandchildren not to go public with your travel plans. While the family may be excited that you’re coming to visit, it isn’t necessary to put the information on their Facebook page or “tweet” about it. You don’t know who they’re connected to that might be interested in such information.
5) Finally, don’t click on links from people you don’t know. People may try to send you a holiday greeting in disguise—which could actually contain a nasty virus. You may be connected to the friend of a friend of a friend but if you don’t know they personally, don’t click on the link. Instead, just go their page and post a personal greeting and thank them for thinking of you. If they didn’t post the link, you’ll be doing them a huge favor.
By following these tips, baby boomers, their families and friends can enjoy the holidays and stay safe at the same time.
Veteran Journalist and Media Trainer Beverly Mahone offers more insightful media tips on her website: http://beverlymahone.com. She invites you to pick up a FREE copy of her How to Write an Effective Press Release, along with a partial list of press release sites where you can submit your release to once it’s completed at: http://beverlymahone.com/bammedia/