Action Line Consumer Alert: Summer travel safety tips

Honolulu International Airport

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More than 136 million Americans go on at least one vacation in the summer and many like to share their adventures on social media.

Sometimes, putting too much information out there can be harmful.

“There’s a lot of information that does not need to be out there that is,” Hawaii Better Business Bureau Timothy Caminos said.

Caminos says, posting things like your flight information,or how long you’re going to be out of town, on social media can open you up to theft.

Thieves could see that information and turn your empty home into a target.

“If you’re one of those persons that love to be social about your life or tweet your life out there or put it on Facebook maybe get someone to watch your home,” Caminos said.

The Hawaii BBB warns there are security precautions to take.

“Make sure that you have a security alarm and make sure its up to date 14 lock all of your doors and windows,” Caminos said. “Get other protective measures like the automated light switches so things that give the appearance that you are home.”

If you need to share your photos of your trip, there are ways to protect that information on social media.

“You can one make sure your account is very private and those that you are sharing this with their all people you trust,” Caminos said. “You don’t need to put every single detail on there so you don’t need to say the dates that you’re going to be gone.”

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