Why Geo-tagged Twittering could be bad for security

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The web is becoming increasing about where you are, not just what you’re doing/saying/reading/writing.

For instance, earlier this week I was standing in a horrendously long queue to be admitted into a recording of the BBC TV show QI, hosted by national treasure and well-known Twitter user Stephen Fry.

It became obvious to me pretty early on that there were many more people in the queue than there were likely to be seats in the studio – but there didn’t seem to be any official in charge to ask what our chances of being admitted were. So, I went to Twitter and searched for “QI”.

I got a number of results – many of them useless – but some of them were from other people in the queue. Now, wouldn’t it have been handy if I could only have seen Tweets from people within – say – 400 yards of me?

Well, if rumoured forthcoming changes coming to Twitter are true then…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.