Please Rob Me?
New Website Shows "Everyone" Your Location
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Innovative new technology or an open invitation to criminals? “PleaseRobMe.com” lists up-to-the-minute info about where people are when they’re away from home. Is this new type of social networking worth the risk?
“PleaseRobMe.com” is an online list of people on the go. The site is targeting people like Ira Bass, who use their phone and GPS technology to post their location, down to the exact coordinates, multiple times a day.
“So I’ll say, ‘Being interviewed by WCCB,’” Bass posts.
Check online and you can map where we interviewed him and find other people who’ve been here recently.
“And now if I want to put a shoutout I can, I can tell people what’s going on here,” he says.
But could it really put you at risk of getting your house broken into?
FOX Charlotte asked people on Facebook. Joe Hinson says it’s a possibility, but if you restrict your info, it’d make it easier to track down the prowler.
Tech expert Jon Steele predicts it’ll be the next wave in social media, sites like Foursquare, Looped, and Gowalla. To protect yourself, he recommends making sure your personal information isn’t open to everyone.
“Check their preferences and check their settings to make sure they're not sharing information that they don't want to share out,” Steele says.
Bass admits there’s always a risk, but also rewards: like other businesses that offer freebies when they see you’re nearby.
“I was served a message from Big Daddy Burgers across the street when I checked into Caribou; I walked across the street and got a free burger,” Bass says.
Risks and rewards in the constantly changing world of technology.