A lawyer winked at a Facebook community group who warned that it was important to be careful about what people share online.
While many of us make extensive use of Facebook groups to keep in touch with local communities, keep in mind that not all members of these groups share the same opinion.
Recently there was a warning from former police officer Sian Smith that unsuspecting dog owners are revealing too many details about their pets that could then become the victim of criminals.
The former officer, who was shared thousands of times on Facebook pages, wrote: “As a former police officer of 20 years old, it’s important to see a new hashtag on the #MeetMyDog challenge on social media where you have a photo of your dog publish and provide a lot of information about it.
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“While this seems like a bit of fun, it wouldn’t take a budding dog thief long to figure out where you live.
With the alarming increase in dog theft, please be careful what you post on social media about your wonderful dogs. #KeepYourDogsSafe.
A lawyer raised similar concerns and posted a more general warning against sharing details online earlier this week in Penny Lane Gossip.
She wrote, “Just a little shout to think about how much information you share in your posts.
“This is a pretty big group, and like any Facebook group, there will be lurkers and people who cannot be vouched for.
“Please think before posting with information about your home, home security, vacation dates, the fact that you have a giant cat flap that a grown man could climb through to keep your car keys, or the fact that.” You have a regular engagement to her by number 43 so you are out of the office between 3 and 4 p.m. every day.
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“I think sometimes we get into a false sense of security with groups of friends who are friends and forget that we don’t really know a lot of people.
“From what some of you know, I might be an American cat posing as a lawyer,” added, “To be clear, I’m not a cat, I’m a lawyer … even though I’m a cat pretending to be a lawyer would be exactly what I would say. “
The carefree post with serious news received hundreds of likes and many comments.
One person replied, “I had exactly the same thought … I never post vacation dates on social media.”
Another answer said, “Very good point. It’s so easy to tell who you live with and what your daily routine is like because you chat with friendly people, but you’re right, you just never know who this information is lurking!”
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Another post made a good point about “fun” online quizzes that many people play to pass the time.
It read, “Absolutely correct. Your name is your public tag on Facebook.
“One post that got around on my Facebook as a ‘funny’ question was,” What was No1 on your 7th birthday?
“It’s not hard to tell your year of birth from this. If you have your birthday date (not the year) on your profile, now is your chance. If you post across your street, scammers only need the house number. It’s not difficult to do.” Find.
“I don’t want my name, address, and date of birth to appear on Facebook. Do you?”