Creepy iPhone Application Invites Security Risks

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Robert Siciliano

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This is just nuts:

“Situationist is an iPhone app that makes your everyday life more thrilling and unpredictable. It alerts members to each other’s proximity and gets them to interact in random 'situations'."

"These situations vary from the friendly 'Hug me for 5 seconds exactly' or 'Compliment me on my haircut', to the subversive e.g. 'Help me rouse everyone around us into revolutionary fervor and storm the nearest TV station'."

"Members simply upload their photo and pick the situations they want to happen to them from a shortlist, in the knowledge that they might then occur anywhere, and at any time.”

The application comes equipped the ability to upload your photo and it turns your mobile into a GPS bull’s-eye.

Can you say “Please stalk me!?!”

I suppose there are plenty of people that like a surprise and plenty of others that enjoy the state of anticipation.

For those types, this app may be the life distraction they need to get through the day.

The application developers address the issue of stalking asking the question in caps “WILL IT NOT ATTRACT STALKERS AND OTHER UNSAVOURY TYPES?” and give a rambling answer revolving around “moderation” and “vetting”.

In reality, this is one of the single greatest tools a stalker would have at their disposal to pay unwanted attention to an attention seeking thrillist.

OK folks, I think it’s plainly obvious that to download and activate this would mean you probably have too much time on your hands and not enough drama in your life.

Seriously, all you need is to get into a dysfunctional relationship and all your problems will be solved.

Robert Siciliano personal and home security specialist to Home Security Source discussing home security and identity theft on TBS Movie and a Makeover.

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