There is more information about you online than you probably think. Your hacked passwords, your address and even your credit card details.
Details about your home are also everywhere. Government sites and resources like Zillow and Redfin list everything from what you paid for, to the actual layout of your home.
It is very interesting information for a potential burglar. Know the layout, exits, and room that is valuable to someone looking to get in and out quickly. Bad news for you.
If you haven’t already, it’s high time to secure your home the right way. Kim’s choice is our sponsor, SimpliSafe, and there are several reasons why it stands out above the rest. More on that below.
So what can you find online?
Anyone can visit a county’s assessment site to find information on properties. These government-run sites use information from appraisers to estimate the value of real estate in a county, city, town or village.
Not all appraiser sites provide the same information, but they are a great starting point for anyone wanting to learn more about your property. This information will generally not be used for harmful gains, but it certainly can be. If a scammer calls, they will use the collected data to convince you that they are legitimate.
Details include how much you paid for your home, who else is on the deed, the size and layout of your property, and any other property you own. Here’s a scary bonus: some of the documents you signed when you bought your house are uploaded there too, so anyone can type in your signature.
Beyond that, the real estate sites give even more details. Someone may be able to click through a whole photo gallery of your house. It doesn’t matter if you’ve redecorated – the bones in your home are probably still the same.
If you don’t want your home listed on Zillow, go here to learn how to remove as much information as possible.
What can you do?
Your best bet is to make sure your home is protected 24/7. Back in the day, installing a home security system meant staying on the phone with a sales rep, making an appointment for someone to install it, and then paying a ridiculous monthly fee. You were locked into a long-term contract, of course.
With SimpliSafe, you choose what you need online at your own pace, no vendor required. However, the site will guide you in choosing what you need. Once your system arrives, you can assemble everything yourself in about 30 minutes – you don’t even need any tools.
Then you can control your entire security system from the palm of your hand with the SimpliSafe app.
Go to SimpliSafeKim.com and get a FREE HD Home Security Camera when you purchase a SimpliSafe system. You’ll also get a 60-day risk-free trial, so there’s nothing to lose!