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Internet Privacy Settings Could Lead To Home Break Ins

Last updated on Friday, April 2, 2010

(ORANGE CO) - With many families traveling over the Easter holiday and upcoming summer season, Orange County Sheriff Richard Dixon wants to remind citizens that there has been several home break-ins in Orange County in recent weeks.

More and more people are posting their traveling plans on internet sites such as Facebook or Myspace. Additionally, as a result of photographs posted on these websites, people are able to see inside your home without stepping foot on your property.

The default setting on Facebook allows a friend's post on your page to be viewed by the friend's friends. That setting can be changed in the privacy settings. Most aspects of a Facebook page have a separate setting for who can view that section of the page. Facebook users can decide who can view their photographs, postings and personal information by changing the settings.

Sheriff Dixon encourages everyone to look at and adjust the privacy settings on their Facebook or Myspace pages to protect your home against a future break-in.

Dixon says, "social networks can be harmless fun by they can also result in unintended consequences when the wrong people get access to your personal information."

If any civic organization or church group is interested in hosting a multimedia presentation concerning the dangers of the internet, contact the Orange County Sheriff's Office by calling (812) 723-2417.

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