A little reminder posted for you each Holiday Season!
At this time of year many folks make plans to go away for the Holidays or are using up vacation time which means they will not be available by e-mail or to participate in their social networks. So, we engage our vacation messages or away messages to keep folks aware of our status. We post our upcoming plans with excitement and glee on Periscope, Instagram, Facebook pages and Twitter that we will be out of town, for how long, where we are going, etc.
Think about it… These social sites are, for the most part, accessible by anyone. Yes, your goal is to let everyone who knows you or is a “friend” know what you are up to. However, what you may be inadvertently doing is letting those who are less than scrupulous (a.k.a. thieves and thugs) know that your home will be available to them for a visit.
Don’t believe me?
Search for your name on Google or any of the white pages Websites. You may be surprised to find how much information about you is actually publicly available! That is why when posting your status to your social networks or including details in your away messages, you should take extra effort to not provide specifics or actual dates.
Talk about generalities when it comes to your Holiday schedule — but don’t give To and From dates that will indicate when your home may not be occupied.
Here are examples you can use right now for your voicemail, away messages and social media updates:
- FOR WORK: I’ll be less available during the Holidays. Please contact my assistant, Jane Doe @ 555-1212 if you need immediate assistance.
- FOR PERSONAL: I’ll be traveling and will not be online as much as usual so don’t be concerned if I don’t respond right away! I’ll post the pics when I get caught up!
You get the idea. Simply state you will not be checking e-mail as regularly during the Holidays and will catch up shortly.
Let those truly personal contacts and real friends know the details via direct e-mail or a phone conversation only.
By not including dates and times of when you will be where, you are actually being prudent and reflecting the necessary caution to protect yourself from those with ulterior motives or that you do not know very well. Better safe than sorry, right?