Up until a few months ago I had no problem with the practice of sending real time updates to sites like twitter, facebook, flickr, blogs, or other social platforms. However, I’ve refrained from updates during my recent travel. I also haven’t put my trips in dopplr or similar sites. My apparent paranoia began as I put together this blog and the associated sites that make up my persona on the Internet – see my About page. The more information about me that I aggregate and expose on the Internet, the more someone could potentially identify my physical address and perhaps take advantage of real time information that I present on the web.
Of course, very few people read this blog and the prospect of a criminal reading it and being in my physical area and taking advantage of the fact that I am traveling is probably minuscule at this point. However, if I am announcing when I am not home and perhaps a member of my family is home that is a risk that I don’t want to invite, no matter how small. It’s one thing to have someone rob your empty house, it’s another to have them think it is empty and yet have your family there.
Am I paranoid or is this a valid concern?