Are You Giving a Robber/Killer the Info He Wants?
War author and reporter Michael Yon relays an alert sent out by the US army, that many smartphones include metatags that give the picture’s location. Suppose you post a picture of your car on facebook, with the captuion, “Off to work!” You have just broadcast your car and the time you leave for work (plus the fact that you won’t be at home), but maybe also the exact location of your house.
Other applications enable users to follow movements of people (foursquare, gowalla, and facebook locations, for example), which can be used against you.
Please understand that I am not going “black helicopter” here or alleging that the feds are tracking your every move. If you or your girlfriend or spouse has a restraining order against a violent ex, if you have been receiving threats, or if you have a teen daughter who has been receiving obscene or harassing calls (I’ve been there.), then extra caution is warranted.
Already thieves have used facebook to help them rob homes.
One couple posted they were going out to a concert. While they were out, their home was robbed. Luckily, the robbery was captured on video. As they reviewed the video, the couple thought they recognized the thieves. Sure enough, they were guys they had “friended” on Facebook!
Imagine you post on Facebook or your blog: “I finally broke down and got [Very Valuable Item]. It cost me a fortune, but I’ve wanted it for so long. And it looks gorgeous!”And you add appetizing pictures, pictures that may have geotags.
Next you post: “Thank goodness vacation is finally here! It’ll be great to get out of town for two whole weeks!”
Can you see how someone could be watching and waiting to use this against you?
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