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Tech Sunday, October 30th 2011 at 11:00 am

Is Social Media Compromising the Security of Your Home? [Infographic]

When geolocation services started becoming more and more commonplace on social media sites, some commented that announcing your location was simply an invitation to burglary. While that may seem like an alarmist’s response, perhaps it’s not so far-fetched after all.

Following the logic that it takes a thief to catch a thief, Credit Sesame — the creators of the infographic — turned to a study of former UK burglars. An overwhelming majority of them said that they not only use Google street view to stake out a mark before attempting a robbery, and that they checked social networking sites to see if the owners were home.

That should certainly give you pause the next time you think about checking in to FourSquare.

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