Friday, September 17, 2010

Invitation to robbery?

So locating things and people on the Internet is all the rage.  Facebook's approach is called "Places," which allows people to check in online and show on their Facebook page where they are.  The concept, of course, is that it helps your friends to know where you are.

But it's not so good if others figure that out.  Because if you are at a publicly-disclosed location, it's easy to tell that you are not at home.  A group of criminals figured this out in New Hampshire, according to the Manchester Union Leader:
Authorities are continuing to warn citizens about the dangers of posting their whereabouts on social networking sites such as Facebook. The three men arrested were viewing the sites and targeted their burglaries accordingly, according to police.
Not such a good use by Facebook customers of this new feature, I guess.  

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