We have frequently discussed the importance of being selective with your social media posts to avoid identity theft or when you have an ongoing civil or domestic legal case. Once posted, your information could make you a target or be used against you in court. Now there is a real danger of bodily harm. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have issued a bulletin to all military service members to scrub their Facebook and other social media sites to eliminate terrorists being able to track them and/or their activity. The government wants to avoid situations like the killing of two uniformed Canadian soldiers by two different ISIS sympathizers in two separate incidents.
Many service members have already deactivated, scrubbed, or locked their social media sites. ISIS is actively looking for sympathizers in the U.S. to help carry out attacks. Sadly, in today’s world, we need to think twice about what we post online, even our reactions to news and events happening around the world. So be vigilant in keeping your military neighbors’ business off your posts and as always, filter what you publish online to protect your privacy and safety.