People have become more and more obsessed with status updates; whether it’s on Twitter or Facebook, people are all about letting others in on what they’re doing and where they’re going and what exactly they’re doing. Programs like Foursquare, let users check into different locations and find friends that may be in your same location. The more you visit certain spots, you move up in the ranking and unlock badges and points, eventually getting to “mayor” status the more you visit. The more these types of apps take off, the more security concerns they raise. Isn’t alerting everyone of exactly where you are dangerous? Websites like Please Rob Me aggregate tweets from anyone tweeting that they’re out and about, letting thieves know that you’re not home and now is probably a good time to drop by.
PleaseRobMe.com states: 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.
Might as well tweet “Please rob me!”