It’s always hard to make users aware of their security obligations – but a UK teenager has found a way to bring it home, says A.Hack
Usually, the most brilliant ideas turn out to be the simplest.
As we speak, the web site weknowwhatyouredoing.com posts up all the most self-defeating public declarations that people make on social media sites.
Under headings such as ‘Who Hates Their Boss’ and ‘What’s my Number’, it prints extracts of posts where the authors really ought to know better. The site names and shames, but it isn’t malevolent.
The website’s 18 year-old developer, Callum Haywood, said his intention was to make people aware of the dangers of going public with information. Yes, he gives these indiscretions a wider audience, but it’s nothing that wasn’t already in the public domain.
The site uses the standard GFI that Facebook uses to interface with other applications to share data. What amazes the author, and what he’s keen to inform people about, is the lack of knowledge about public and private audiences and using security settings.
With nearly 500,000 unique visitors in the first week of publication, this site could be the greatest awareness raiser that the security industry never employed.