How to Avoid Cyber-Burglars This Holiday Season

One U.K. survey says more than 78 percent of burglars use social media to find their targets.
2:11 | 12/23/14

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The heat index, big warning about social media this holiday season. Exerts say sharing too much online can make you a target for burglars and you might not know it. Here is aditi Roy with what you need to know. I thought you said they were gone. Reporter: Back in the day, you would have to peer in the window to know if they were home alone. But all it takes to know if the home is empty, rummage through social media. You think that posting is okay, but you're letting people know, hey, I'm gone. Go over and take what you want. Reporter: Laverne should know, her home was cleaned out after her daughter posted the Vegas vacation on her Facebook page. Tipping off the burglars that the family is out of town. Most people are checking in constantly on their device. So we're telling everybody elsewhere we are and what we're doing. And the fact that we're not home. We're out somewhere else. Reporter: One survey out of the UK said more than 78% of burglars are using social media to find their targets. How you protect yourself from winter break break ins? Don't overshare on social media. And check your privacy settings and location services on your phone. Go into settings and scroll down to privacy. And then location services. And then all the apps down there are all the apps that use the location services. For example, your camera, change it to never use location services. Click that. Or you can scroll back up to location services and just turn it off. Reporter: Just like that. Just like that. Reporter: Also, don't check in on Facebook from airports or hotels. That tells would be thieves that you're leaving town. And while it may be tempting, don't post photos while you're away. Wait until you're back home before sharing them. Make it a later gram. Make it a later gram, yes. Reporter: And if you just can't help yourself, choose your friends and followers carefully. Keeping your home safe by securing your home page. For "Good morning America," aditi Roy, ABC news, los Angeles.

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