Can Being Too Social Hurt You?

You have likely heard that overusing or improperly using social media can hurt you in the job hunt or while you are employed.

individualIn more instances, employers are taking to social sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and more to see what both current employees and job seekers are doing. From explicit images to comments that are in bad taste, social media can have a negative impact on individuals in today’s social networking age.

With that in mind, there are other ways social media can hurt one, including when the topic of home security comes up.

The Business of Security

With more and more people (good and bad) using social media, those who run businesses from their homes or work out of their residences for others need to use social media wisely.

According to a USA Today report, criminals are smart enough to use social media to map out locations of where people live, not to mention look for announcements that renters and homeowners are going on vacation, in the hospital or elsewhere.

So, how can homeowners and renters, especially those who double their residences as offices, protect not only themselves, but their office equipment?

Among the ways to do this:

  1. Security – You may think that having a security system installed from or other such providers could cost you an arm and a leg, but that’s often not the case. A security system in your home can be a great deterrent to potential burglars and others looking to get in your residence. When shopping for a security system provider, get some referrals, look at each company and their customer service records, and always make sure you get and understand everything in writing;
  2. Patterns – One of the worst things you can do is be predictable. When working at home, don’t leave for lunch and come back at the same time five days a week. Mix up your routine so that if someone is casing your residence, they can’t pinpoint when you are coming and going;
  3. Coverage – It is also important to have renter’s or homeowners’ insurance that covers your possessions, including any office equipment. From computers to printers and more, make sure your devices are protected in the event of a burglary, fire or storm;
  4. Socializing – Finally, don’t use social media to constantly broadcast your whereabouts. If you’re going on a business or personal trip, have to go in the hospital for a time or any other events that will keep you ahead from your residence for some time, only family members/friends/neighbors etc. should know this. Saying on Twitter that you are leaving on a trip for a few days and no one will be home is like sending burglars a written invitation to come and steal things from you.


With all the good things that can come from social media, stay secure by using it the correct way from day one.

About the Author: Dave Thomas writes for a variety of websites on topics such as small business and crime.