Monday, May 14, 2012
“While you’ve been having fun posting messages to friends, reconnecting with old pals, accepting invites to parties and uploading pictures from your life a stranger in another city has been keeping tabs on you. That stranger liked your beach side picture, it caught his eye right away after he used the Facebook search tool to seek out girls aged 17 – 28.”
“From your hometown the stranger is able to find the address of your school. He already knows your work address because you added it on your profile. A few weeks go by and he’s been watching you with great interest. He knows the names of your close friends, he sees all the pictures you put up and the names you tag to those pictures.” Next, he visits where you work or your school or the bar you hang out in and he’s got your photo in his phone. You don’t know him but he sure knows you.
Whenever I get a missing person or infidelity case that involves a young female, 18 to 28, the first place I go to find additional information on them is Facebook where I will find multiple photos with their friends at various bars and social functions, names, locations, dates it is all there. I can locate anyone within 48 hours from information posted on their Facebook page, if I can so can others.
Social networking sites such as Facebook are increasingly putting people at risk of stalking, computer spyware could be installed remotely, via an email attachment, and then remain hidden on the computer, It’s cheap, easy to use and very powerful. The internet gives stalkers a new weapon in their armoury, a new way to find people, to follow them, to research them, sometimes to be harm them.
Social networking sites like Facebook make money the more data people expose. For the majority of people that does not put them at risk, but in the case of stalking victims it can be very dangerous. New features, such as a location button that let users inform their friends on Facebook of their exact whereabouts, were often presented entirely positively, with not enough emphasis given to the risks involved.
How Online Predators Make Use of Your Facebook Profile, see http://teenadvice.about.com/od/currenteventsissues/a/facebooksafe_2.htm
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com