Digital Stalking. Are You Sharing Too Much?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Think about every social media site that you use. Now think about the information you are sharing on these sites. There is a new mobile geo-location app called Girls Around Me. The app makes use of the public information that is shared in Facebook profiles and Foursquare check-in information.

Many people use their mobile phones or tablets with Foursquare to check-in to various places to keep up with their friends and know where they are, find out what is nearby, and to learn about various discounts at local bars and restaurants. With GPS enabled smartphones and (or) apps, it is relatively easy to track down where a person is located.

With this information, the Girls Around Me app creates a map with a radar that shows what women are nearby. Yes, this is all done without your knowledge. Not only does the person (possible creep) using this app know that you are nearby (club, bar, store or restaurant), but depending on how much information you have made available on Facebook or Foursquare, the person will also know:

  • Your full name
  • Marital status
  • Age
  • Schools you attended
  • Hobbies
  • Favorite books or musicians
  • Political position
  • Birthday

Always limit the amount of personally identifiable information you share online. You never know when information from your various social media sites will be combined and making it easy for strangers to know who and where you are. The links below will help you improve your privacy on Facebook and Foursquare. Please click on the Girls Around Me link. I think you should see how this technology is being marketed.

 

Facebook Privacy 101

Foursquare Privacy 101

Girls Around Me

 

Know. Be Safe.

John L. Jones

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