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How Social Media Can Compromise Your Personal Security

August 10, 2011 Leave a comment

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We all love our social networks and building our personal brands.  The newest craze in social media is the ability to “check-in”.  I first started using the check-in feature on my mobile Yelp! app.  I thought it was the coolest thing in the world.  Back then, I only used Yelp! to find good restaurants.  Then, when I got there, I would check-in on my Yelp! app so the restaurant would be saved in case I wanted to go back another time or write a review.

Later on, I realized that Facebook started to do the same thing.  I started noticing status updates that said, “So and so is at here or there with blah blah blah.”  Even to this day, though, it doesn’t really seem like Facebook’s “Places” function ever took off.

Finally, I came across Foursquare when I started my first Personal Branding class at UNR.  I thought I knew a lot about social networks, but I was surprised to have never heard of this one.  Basically, all you really do on Foursquare is check-in.  While Foursquare is growing like crazy, it was never really a hit with me.  I was hesitant to share with the world where I was every minute of the day.

This is exactly why I’m writing this post today. I want to remind everyone that while it may seem ridiculous to believe that someone could rob your house or kidnap you because you’ve been checking-in on social networks, there is still that possibility. Here’s how you can protect yourself:

1. Check in when you’re leaving the place.

If you check in when you leave the place of interest, robbers won’t have enough time to get to your house before you do.

2. Avoid checking in during long events.

A lot of people like to check in at work.  This just lets thieves know that you aren’t home and won’t be for a while.

3. Don’t check in at night.

Checking in at night is a bad idea, especially for cute little college girls.  I know a lot of people who will check in as they’re bar hopping.  It won’t take long for a kidnapper to follow your trail.

4. If you’re away from home for an extended period, avoid checking in.

I know it’s tempting to check in at all your favorite restaurants while visiting places like San Francisco, but it’s really a bad idea.  If someone’s paying attention to your activity, they’ll notice your a long way from home.

5. Stay away from Foursquare.

Like I said before, I don’t like Foursquare.  Since Foursquare is all about checking in, you can’t get away from it unless you stay away from it completely.

6. Don’t check in at all.

If you really want to protect yourself when it comes to checking in on social networks, just don’t do it!

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Settle for a Slowdown: How a Vacation can Energize or Kill your Motivation

May 31, 2011 5 comments

Eric and Justine San Francisco Fisherman's WharfNo, this post is not about the Dierks Bentley song called “Settle for a Slowdown,” although I really do like that song. It is about the trip my Fiancé and I took to San Francisco over the Memorial Day weekend. My Fiancé just recently graduated from college earlier this month and I just could not, for the life of me, decide what to get her. Jewelry? Purse? Jeans? Nah, I’ve done all that before. So, I decided I would take her on a trip to San Francisco, because she hasn’t stopped talking about how much she loved San Francisco since we went there for her 21st birthday.

In one of my previous posts, 4 Things You Get to Enjoy When You’re Successful, I talked about vacations from a family standpoint, bringing the family together. But what I didn’t talk about was how important vacations can be for the working person. Vacations are a great way to prevent burnout, where you eventually get so stressed out with your career that you explode (not literally of course). I specifically planned this vacation on a weekend where I had a free day off (Memorial Day) so that we would have a full three days to enjoy the city. I didn’t have to burn any precious PTO and I didn’t fall behind in the office because nobody was working yesterday anyway.

Eric and Justine San Francisco FIsherman's Wharf Pier 39Vacations can have one of two effects on the working person: they can re-energize you or they can de-motivate you. Some people return from vacation ready to get back in their “groove.” They’ve enjoyed their weekend, their holiday, or PTO, and now they feel like it’s the first day on the job and they want to impress everyone. On the other hand, some people return from vacation wishing they were still on vacation. They enjoyed their time off so much that they don’t want to be back at work. Luckily for me, I felt re-energized to get back into the swing of things. I went to bed on time last night, I woke up early, made it to work five minutes earlier than usual, and got quite a bit of work done today.

So whether it’s a weekend stay-cation or a week long vacation, remember to enjoy your time off with family and friends and come back to work re-energized and ready to go!

When was the last time you took a vacation? Did you come back to work re-energized or de-motivated? Share your comments below!

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