Keep This Photo Off All Your Social Media Pages!
These days, it seems every time you watch the news, or surf the web, you run into some story about different photos you shouldn't post on the internet. Obviously, there's a whole host of photos you shouldn't post, but some seem so innocent and ordinary, that you may find yourself asking how sharing this simple item could have any negative impact.
Say you just bought a brand new house, and you can't wait to share the news on Facebook. In line with your artier side, instead of posting the usual photo of your new pad, you post a photo of the brandy-new keys. Seems fun right? Well you could be entirely wrong! According to an article that came out a while back on Observer.com, these days it's really easy for crafty criminals to make a copy of your key from the photo that you post. Just like this one:
It's not like the old James Bond days, where some crook has a special little case full of clay that he presses the key into so he can make his own copy later. Now, they'll just download your photo, trace it out, and BAM! They can let themselves right into your house!
Why not? If they're clever enough to steal your keys from a photo, they can easily find where you live, thanks to the wonders of modern technology. It's kind of scary what can be done with some simple internet sleuthing. Heck, for that matter, why does it stop at house keys? They can likely copy your car keys if you posted those for some reason. Or even luggage keys. Crazy stuff.
The internet can be a scary place if you don't keep yourself on lock down. Search yourself on Google, find out how much can be discovered about you digitally. And for the love of all that is good in the world, watch what you post out there. In the meantime, I'm gonna go back to searching cat videos. Can that be dangerous too?