by Deanna Darr
Of course, it's all fun and games until someone gets stalked. Most of us have heard the tales of homes being robbed after their owners posted their vacation plans on Facebook, but most people would be shocked to realize just how much of themselves they're revealing.
Making people understand how vulnerable they are is the idea behind a new tool called Creepy. Created by Greek programmer Yiannis Kakavas, Creepy uses online social networking tools to piece together a picture of someone's patterns and habits, creating a map of where the subject of the search hangs out, places he or she favors, and even what time of day he or she is typically there.
It's enough to make you think again about that next Twitter update.
According to msnbc.com, Kakavas' plan isn't to create the ultimate one-stop-shop for stalkers and assorted criminals, but to make people think about the fact that with each update or check-in, they are broadcasting a whole lot of information to strangers.
Of course, technology can always come back to bite a criminal in the ass. Recently, officials in North Carolina were able to charge a man with the 2008 murder of his wife after they found the following evidence on his personal laptop: Google maps leading to where his wife's body was found, his wife's emails outlining her intentions to leave him and take their children to Canada, and emails detailing his affair with another woman.
Kind of makes you look at your smartphone a little differently, doesn't it?