What the Tech: Vacation Security

Technology can be good or bad for protecting your home while you’re on vacation, especially if you use Facebook to post pictures.

Everyone seems to love sharing pictures from their vacation on Facebook. You know as well as anyone that’s not always a good idea. Here are a few things you can do even before you leave home, to help make your vacation worry free.

Our biggest mistake is probably posting vacation pictures to Facebook. We all know it’s a mistake, but when you’re looking at a sunset…it’s hard not to share. So before you leave home, set up a list of people you trust.

In your list of friends click on the ‘friends’ tab. You’ll see the option to add them to a list of ‘close friends’ or create a new list. That’ll put a star by their name.

Continue adding friends to that list. Then, when you add a post or picture, you’ll have the option of posting it only to that list. No one else will be able to see your photo from the beach. Remember, whatever you post publicly, is visible to anyone…even if they’re not your friend and even if they’re not on Facebook.

If you don’t have a security system in your house, you can use an old device and an app. ‘Manything’ is for iPhones, iPods and iPads, any iOS device with a camera.

Set it up on the device and the one you have with you, aim it at a door, and whenever the camera senses motion, you’ll get a text message and you can tune in live. It’ll capture images and upload those to a cloud server you’d be able to share with police to capture the crook.

On android phones there’s ‘salient eye’…works the same way. you’ll want to make sure your camera device is hooked up to a power source so the battery doesn’t run down.

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