Burglars Used Social Network Status Updates To Select Victims

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A mobile app called Foursquare, which notifies users of your location has been used as a tool for home burglars. A site named “Please Rob Me” is attempting to inform those of apps likes these, which provide information which puts them in danger of being burglarized.


Do you use the Foursquares? Reminder: this is the mobile app that tells all your followers where you are. If so, take notice of PleaseRobMe, a site that helps thieves know when you’re not home — based on what you tell Foursquare.

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Per PleaseRobMe, which was developed to show a major flaw in Foursquare: “The danger is publicly telling people where you are. This is because it leaves one place you’re definitely not…home. So here we are; on one end we’re leaving lights on when we’re going on a holiday, and on the other we’re telling everybody on the internet we’re not home. It gets even worse if you have “friends” who want to colonize your house. That means they have to enter your address, to tell everyone where they are. Your address.. on the internet.. Now you know what to do when people reach for their phone as soon as they enter your home. That’s right, slap them across the face.”


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