If you read the news, cybersecurity is a regular topic of conversation, from huge data breaches at banks and other institutions, to somewhat innocuous cases of identity theft, it seems as though everyone is vulnerable to these sorts of threats. While it’s certainly important to pay attention to best practices for encryption and protecting your data, it’s also vital to consider how you are protecting your physical home in the digital space.
There are a few steps that one should take when examining the link between your actual home, and assessing any online vulnerabilities.
First of all, find out where your address appears online – many whitepages and related services list your address, however, you do have the option of opting out. Additionally, just be aware of when you are using your address and read any fine print related to how this information can be used if you agree to the terms of service.
Another important step in minimizing the visibility of your home address online is to be cautious of the GPS settings you use on your phone or mobile device in relation to social media. Many social media sites encourage location sharing, but you many not want to be so public about where you live and when you are or are not home.
In addition to being cautious about location sharing via social media sites or aggregate address listings, you should also use current technology to your advantage when it comes to monitoring your home.
Whether you choose to install a number of cameras that provide a livestream, alarms that can be controlled and monitored online, or you choose to have a completely automated home – you are not short of options when it comes to protecting your home with a number of digital tools.