Please Rob Me site exposes danger of sharing too much information online

Graham Cluley

Users of sites like Twitter and Foursquare will be all-too-familiar with seeing messages from friends broadcasting their current location and – through implication – that they’re not at home.

A new website called Please Rob Me mashes together content from Foursquare and Twitter, providing an easy way for potential burglars and stalkers to find out where you are supping your cappuccino, and when you may have left your home empty.

Although playfully presented as an aid for house robbers, the Please Rob Me website claims to be designed with one simple purpose in mind: to raise awareness of the dangers of sharing too much information online:

The goal of this website is to raise some awareness on this issue and have people think about how they use services like Foursquare, Brightkite, Google Buzz etc. Because all this site is, is a dressed up Twitter search page. Everybody can get…

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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.