Thursday, February 18, 2010

http://pleaserobme.com/

It's not a joke. Do you use one of the numerous services that let you tweet or otherwise post your location for the world to see? pleaserobme.com searches twitter and posts the tweets that give away the tweeters location.

It's not as nefarious as it sounds (or as it could be). The site was developed by three guys to demonstrate that we have some very bad habits, security-wise. The actual address data appears to be substituted with data from lands far away from the original poster. But that doesn't change the fact that large numbers of people are making their locations known. And part of knowing where you are is knowing where you're not. Which is exactly the information a burglar wants. Not to mention stalkers, psycho exes and assorted crazies.

Do you tweet your location? How often have you said something like, "Going to the game, hope we win. Go Tech!" How many hours would that give a crook to burglarize your home?