French police are still looking for five people suspected of robbing Kim Kardashian-West of millions of dollars worth of jewellery.
Now, Security experts are now questioning whether “geo-tagging” on her cell phone gave those robbers her location. In the hours leading up to the robbery, the social media mogul was very publicly documenting her way through the night. But now even some of her famous friends, like Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld are saying her habit of very public postings could have led the thieves directly to her.
“You cannot display your wealth and then be surprised that some people want to share it with you,” he said.
It’s something the Kardashian family has even talked about on their reality show.
“Kylie is snapchatting and not concerned about our location about being known,” said Kim during a recent episode.
But security experts say it’s not just stars who might be inadvertently sharing too much. One man was recently sentences to 8 years behind bars after using Instagram to find the addresses of 33 women and then went on to steal their jewelry and laptops.
“He was able to openly browse the different social media platforms and find photographs. He would then collect the GPS coordinates from those photos. He would then place them onto a map, and drive to his victims’ locations,” said Sgt. Kathryn Hamel from the Fullerton Police Department.
So what can you do to help protect yourself?
“If you’re taking a picture, the picture may not say this has been taken in NYC but it carries that information behind it and that information can be revealed in other places,” said Jeremy Kaplan, Editor in Chief of Digital Trends.
Some of the biggest potential dangers include geotagging your posts with locations and keeping your cell phone location data switched on.
“You can control on an individual basis which app has access to your data,” said Kaplan.
Another tip is to delay your post to show where you were instead or where you are.