Holidaymakers warned about what they share on social media

Brits off on their holidays are being warned not to post photos of their trip on social media, as it could make them vulnerable to burglary, according to a major insurer.

Research by The Co-operative Insurance found those aged 18-24 are the most likely to post about holidays online (68 per cent) but this falls to just 32 per cent for the over 55s.

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Tourists 'afraid social media will be read by thieves'

Some 45% of holidaymakers worry updates they post on social media will signpost their vacant home to thieves, fresh data has shown.

According to research by The Co-Operative Insurance:

  • Three quarters of adults (75.5%) worry about home security when they go on holiday
  • Holidaymakers in the West Midlands are the least security conscious with nearly two thirds (60%) admitting they check in on social media to boast about a trip away.
  • Those in East Anglia are least likely to brag about their holiday online with just 37% admitting to doing so.
  • Almost half (49%) said that they do not regularly check their privacy settings on their social media accounts.
  • A further 10% saying they did not know how to change their settings making their lives open to snooping.
  • When asked about their Facebook circle, 33% of adults said that they do not personally know everyone and many of their contacts are friends of friends.

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