7 SITES FOR STALKERS

7 Sites for Stalkers
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7 SITES FOR STALKERS



Written by Liz Cookman
24 Thursday 24th January 2013

Oversharing has become the new buzzword of choice for soothsayers and clever-dick journalists. Why? Because we're sharing more about ourselves than we realise and lax privacy settings mean that it could be going further than we think. It's not just about your boss reading drunken statuses about shagging in cowboy boots, it's that, if you know how, it’s pretty easy to piece together the reams of information we post about ourselves everyday. We're leaving behind a data trail that not only gives away our Likes, dislikes and bra colour, it says where we are and who we're there with - it's as though we want to be stalked.

Here are our top seven sites that make life easy for stalkers:

Jareth: our favourite stalker

Creepy

Web tools that offer this much information were meant to be an uncomfortable part of history following the demise of the famous Rob My House and I Can Stalk You. Staying true to its name however, this site is hanging on like an overzealous ex-boyfriend. Created as an oversharing 'experiment', Creepy gathers geolocation data from Twitter and photosharing sites, using it to pinpoint exactly where content was posted from with Google maps.

Developer Ilektrojohn claims he "wrote it to show how easy it is to gather this type of information," but whatever the reason, this site makes it easy for just about anyone to find you.

 

The Beat

Found: me - thanks Instagram.

Instagram and Street View: see what your victim looks like and find them, all in one easy URL. This project from Rutgers’ social media information lab pairs geotagged photos with their location. Like many of the creators of these sites, they maintain the site simply proves a point about the dangerous level of data we share. However, browse by searching for hashtags such as: ‘bedroom’, ‘drunk’ , 'home alone' or even your street name and it's easy to see how it could be abused. 

 

Spokeo

Spokeo is every stalker's blood-stained wet dream. Search using a name, email address, real address or even just a social media username you're immediately shown a map of where that person lives, the value of their house and their zip code. For a small monthly subscription fee, it will also provide a full home address, email, phone number, family tree, popular locations, social media updates, income… just about everything.

Understandably, the site is hugely controversial. It's worth remembering though, the information is already out there and the site only aggregates the data. 

 

Pipl

Although not quite in the same League of Disturbingness as Spokio, this site also provides alarmingly comprehensive results. Not only does a name search immediately show work and education histories, it shows the places they've visited and it works even if they've previously blocked or hidden their content.

 

Open Status Search

This site allows users to search public Facebook status updates. When there's such suggested searches as 'drunk last night' it's pretty clear what sort of people are using it.

 

We Know What You’re Doing

Labelled as a ‘social networking privacy experiment’, WKWYD shows tweets on four main topics: who wants to get fired, who’s hungover, who’s taking drugs, and who’s got a new phone number. While the information is limited and only the first names are given, it does highlight potentially vulnerable (and slightly stupid) people ripe for the picking.

 

Facebook

It may seem obvious. but Facebook is still the number one source of private information which means it's party time for a stalker. Just about everything you share could potentially be dangerous according to Jennifer Perry, a cyber stalking expert and founder of safer-settings.com.

"Facebook is one of the biggest photo-sharing sites in the world," she said "and stalkers love photos.They examine them, they manipulate them. They look at where you are, what you’re doing, what you look like, how you’re feeling – they will analyse every part."

And you're not just inviting trouble for yourself. The average stalker stalks 32 people around their intended victim too and your profile lays it all out for them: friends, friends of friends, family. Now we're not suggesting you remove your profile, but it certainly gives you something to think about, dunnit?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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