Facebook & Twitter DO Help “Criminal Minds” Find You!

This post comes to you as a final warning, I am serious people, I will not talk about this subject again: Social media and social networking are fun but their dangers are greater than many of us expect or can even imagine!

Apart from their addictive nature, the hundreds of scams they facilitate, the way they make cheating easier and the fact that they have the power to promote and spread fascism, they also pose an eminent threat on our lives by making it easier for killers, thieves and perverts to stalk and even, may God forbid, get to us!

The TV Series “Criminal Minds” Brilliantly Tackles It:

Thousands of users out there chose to shut down their social networking accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and even MySpace due to crimes committed by utilizing such sites. However, not everyone is taking the subject as seriously as they should be

A couple of examples include

  1. A couple who left a Facebook status update that they were attending a concern for the evening. They came back to find they’d been robbed“.
  2. Police say that an Australian woman who was murdered had been lured via Facebook and Bebo“. Associated Content

Since words are not enough, below are a few videos that can help social media and social networking users realize how the little things they do online and the information they share can actually cost them their lives:

Criminal Minds show how a killer was able to find his victims through social networking sites, specifically Facebook and Twitter, but also references geo-location social networks like FourSquare.

While the details of the episode are fiction, the episode brings up valid points about the information that we share online, and feels real enough to make you check your privacy settings following the show.

Here are some sentences I picked up from the cast’s chat, please try to take them seriously:

Social networking sites are surprisingly insecure

Many people are obsessed with those social websites

Social websites are like e-mails on crack“!

Some tips for you to help you protect your privacy:

Criminal Minds Shows Us We Share Too Much in Social Networking, A Few Tips to be Safe

And some more as our way to show you that we want you to be safe…

5 Simple Ways to Protect Your Privacy On Facebook

Finally, I wonder: Do you realize the dangers that social media and social networking impose? Are you taking the necessary measures to protect yourself and your loved ones?

Looking forward to your insights and a few real-life stories to help our readers realize the dangers they might be ignoring or unaware of.

Comments and Reactions

  • Basil

    I guess you'd have to be dumb enough to have people on your friend's list that are likely to rob you, or dumb enough to advertise your whereabouts at every opportunity, or dumb enough to make your Facebook page public so that everybody can see it…

    So yeah, just don't tell the world where you are and for how long, make sure only people on your friend's list can see your wall (and for that matter, only actual 'friends' should be on that list, not that the possibility of you being robbed by one of them isn't possible, but it is certainly far less probable). When in doubt about a certain individual, just remove them from the list and block 'em.

    Be smart, and think with your brain, not your mouth (or in this case, fingers…). And remember, it is not Facebook that is evil, just the CIA front companies that fund it. :P

  • http://mytwittertoolbox.com David Perdew

    Yes, let's not get hysterical about the power of the Internet to ruin our lives just yet. Like any other form of communication, common sense and restraint go a long way to minimize the risks involved with social media. Privacy controls are built into these platforms for a reason, and although most people may be unaware of their necessity, the typical user will have enough sense to divulge no more specific details than they would meeting strangers in person.

    Can social media become addictive? Sure, much like watching television, playing video games, or betting on sporting events can. Does communicating in the 21st century pose certain dangers our parents weren't exposed to? Certainly.

    However, the real focus of this conversation concerns children, adolescents (and adults) who develop bad habits that carry over into their social media experience, and those are the ones who should be listening most attentively to security concerns.

    Great topic for discussion, nonetheless.

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com/ Beiruta

    Thank you… The key is moderation and awareness! However, just through a simple stroll through my Facebook friends' walls and status updates, it seems to me that most of them have no clue of the dangers they place themselves in by advertising whereabouts, pictures and so on.

    To people who are highly involved with social media, this awareness comes naturally. Sadly, I don't think the same applies to thousands of social media users!

    Thank you for your reply. Stay tuned for more controversial topics :)

  • http://twitter.com/josegomezjr Jose Gomez

    This is precisely why we created DayShout.Com. It is so scary to see what type of private information is shared on the web. We hope that people will be able to utilize our service to networking with their loved ones in a private place, where only they can see it and monitor your daily status.

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