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PleaseRobMe Twitter-250x250%20copyA website called PleaseRobMe claims to reveal the location of empty homes based on what people post online...

The Dutch developers told BBC News the site was designed to prove a point about the dangers of sharing precise location information on the internet.
PleaseRobMe extracts information from players who have chosen to post their whereabouts automatically onto Twitter.

"People were checking in at their house, or their girlfriend's or friend's house, and sharing the address - I don't think they were aware of how much they were sharing."
Mr Van Amstel, Frank Groeneveld and Barry Borsboom realised that not only were people sharing detailed location information about themselves and their friends, they were also by default broadcasting when they were away from their own home.

The website took just four hours to create.
"It's basically a Twitter search - nothing new," said Mr Van Amstel. "Anyone who can do HTML and Javascript can do this. You could almost laugh at how easy it is."
He said that the site would remain live but stressed it was not created to encourage crime.
"The website is not a tool for burglary," he said. "The point we're getting at is that not long ago it was questionable to share your full name on the internet. We've gone past that point by 1,000 miles."
Mr Van Amstel added that in practice it would be "very difficult" to use the information on the website to carry out a burglary.
Charity Crimestoppers advises people to think carefully about the information they choose to share on the internet.
"We urge users of Twitter, Facebook or other social networks to stop and think before posting personal details online that could leave them vulnerable to crimes including burglary and identity theft," said a spokesperson.
"Details posted online are available for the world to see; you wouldn't hang a sign on your door saying you're out, so why would you post it online?"

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Post on Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:24 pm by Dragonfir731

Wow, thats serious stuff. Who knows what else people could find from our postings.



Post on Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:49 pm by karkooshy

The issue is not about how much ppl can find about u through the net;
its about how much u write about your self onto it...
IMO, it's the ppl who gave off their data's problem... PleaseRobMe isn't the only site out there...
there have been murders because of facebook xP


Post on Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:37 am by Tilum

If you look at their website, you can see who's just said where they are and they've just left their house:



Post on Wed Feb 24, 2010 11:13 am by Juz

Ugh. Only stupid guys would post such fragile thing in their accounts that could 'cause them in harm. Anyway, It's a lesson for some guys who post their daily rantings. Smile


Post on Wed Feb 24, 2010 11:52 pm by Dragonfir731

Yea, but I guess its just a warning. It really gets the message out there though, I mean its so important that everyone can not only get this information from your online postings, but that you actually post them without knowing.



Post on Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:13 am by Tilum

MMm, so little information can reveal so much :p

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