Scary as it may sound, sharing every aspect of your life on social media can make it easier for stalkers and criminals to track you down in real life.
Since the airing of Netflix’s psychological thriller series You, viewers have become aware of how easy it is for people with nefarious intentions to trace them.
While you may not think you’re revealing much, over time people may be able to piece together snippets of information about you and your whereabouts, reports The Sun.
Sharing a cute birthday snap, a shimmering sunset, or even a lavish night out can give a skilled person all the details they need to find your house number or street name.
Some social media sites, such as Instagram and Facebook, have location features, which takes the hard work out of narrowing down your location.
Eliot Higgins, founder of investigative website Bellingcat, said that even if you turn off the location feature, digitally savvy people can use tiny clues in a photo to work out the location.
“Most of us don’t even realise how much information we’re giving away about ourselves and our loved ones each time we post a picture on social media,” he said.
According to the Daily Mail, Japanese pop star Ena Matsuoka had been stalked by the super-fan who broke into her apartment and sexually assaulted her last year.
Her pictures were scrutinised in terrifying detail by the stalker who used the shadows in her bedroom, the position of curtains in her window and even reflections on her eyeballs to work out where she lived.