Authorities warn about posting vacation details online

Authorities warn about posting vacation details online

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SALT LAKE COUNTY - Utahns looking to hit the road this holiday weekend might want to think twice about writing about it online.

Heading out for a long Fourth of July getaway? Whether you're camping or visiting relatives, you might be tempted to post your vacation adventures on Facebook or Twitter.

Sandy Police Sgt. Justin Chapman says, be careful what you post. "You wouldn't go out and certainly rent a billboard saying hey I'm going to be out of town. My home will be empty at that time," he said.

People often advertise their home is empty online. Chapman says we might think only friends and family are viewing our social network, but says there are hackers and others out there that figure out how to get the information they're looking for.

"Maybe not thinking about it from that point of view, or maybe not understanding that somebody else who has the ability and the opportunity and wants to come to your home may actually burglarize you," Chapman said.

Chapman says some people use security setting to restrict who sees their posts. He says with hackers and other experts, there's no guarantee your posted information will remain private.


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