Please Rob Me Exposes The Dangers Of Location Based Services

A new website which has a bantering name, “Please Rob Me”, has been purportedly designed to showcase the pros and cons of the social media platforms that divulge whereabouts of its users.

The website apparently ridicules all the FourSquare users who have registered for giving out info on Twitter about where they are at a particular point of time, in that way revealing details about when they are leaving their homes empty.

However, the FourSquare geolocation networking service has been tailored to obtain the details when the user has entered into the office or other such important place, and subsequently Twitter lets the people in his/her friend list know the appropriate time to bug the user.

Quoting the disadvantages of such a service, Please Rob Me mentioned: “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”, the website added.

The homepage of the website is showing names of the people who have just left their home, and the list is gets updated with dozens of new entries every minute.

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However, the website claimed it didn’t intend to help the burglars, but said it wasn’t very pleased with the kind of enthusiasm people were showing in revealing their location details. Technology as always can have good and bad uses with Google Streetview being the last one which attracted some unwanted attention.

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