Go on, take the lollipop…

How safe are you online?

It’s a question which everybody online should consider but many turn a blind eye or feign ignorance. Unless, a social network was to come under fire about how safe the information of their users were – this being Facebook a couple of months back.

The issue of internet security has resurfaced following a release of this site called: “Take This Lollipop“. At first it sounds sort of interesting, after all Halloween is just around the corner so it could be related to that. Either way, it also outlines the reason to be aware of your security online. For some, you might realise what it is really about.

 

If you haven’t experienced it for yourself, I suggest you do before you keep reading – because I don’t really want to spoil it for you. I’ll attempt to write about it without divulging too many details.

By connecting with Facebook, you allow the site to access your details – the way most 3rd party applications work. However it takes you through a video featuring a person accessing your profile. Scary? Well it could happen. If you consider how many people get their online accounts hacked, their credit card details copied, fraud of any sort – it is a wonder why so many people are so open about their details online. The video continues and eventually the person in the video ‘tracks’ you down, based on location provided in your Facebook details.

Once the video is finished, if you want you can pass on the details to your friends. Share it with someone you think might get scared easily. It seems well timed with Halloween, but aside from it does start to make you question how safe you are online. It has been said that criminals (of any kind) are able to use people’s profiles to determine if where their victims’ houses are and if they’re home.  Ever wonder why there is an age restriction on Facebook?

As much as this was for entertainment purposes, it does make you reconsider how ‘safe’ you really are online. And if you are the type (like me) who know how to be safe online, you should also be wary about what you are sharing in terms of your location and when you are alone or away from your house. After all, if you yourself can use Google Maps to see the street view of your house, what is stopping anyone else?

PS: The website actually has a longer disclaimer – I just removed it so it didn’t give it away.

Editor in Chief at here SMNZ, I have a passion for social and digital media. When not writing and managing SMNZ I am the Head of Innovation at TAG The Agency, a digital ad agency and the Head of Sales and Marketing for End-Game, a software development agency. I'm also involved with a number of startups and I am always keen to support those that are bold enough to give things a go. Start something, better to try than to live wondering what if...