Now that I have your attention, over the weekend, I remembered this video that debuted back in 2012.
It was a great public service announcement piece from Belgium. What made the video such a hit was the eccentric individual was no ordinary mind reader – he gets all his information from Facebook, Twitter, Social Media, and the web.
He is also warning you against sharing too much private information.
[The video] begins with random people being selected from the streets of Brussels. They are asked if they would like to participate in an upcoming TV program featuring Dave, described as a gifted clairvoyant. Once they agree, they are ushered into a white tent to meet Dave. He hugs them and dances around as he seemingly tries to get a sense of the person’s energy. As people are seated across from him, Dave tells them random facts about them, from the color of the motorcycle they own to their bank account number and even the types and locations of their tattoos.
As the unassuming subjects become absorbed in Dave’s trance and the factual information he is providing, the truth behind his magic is revealed. A curtain drops, and behind it is a group of computer hackers dressed in all black searching the Internet for information about each of the individuals. In fact, a large monitor sits in front of the hackers, displaying pictures and personal information about the subjects. Each person seems astonished, first at the curtain dropping and then at the reveal as they realize what has taken place. [Emphasis added]
Over here at Net Force, we still see too much over sharing of information on social media sites. Even the most harmless and innocuous pieces of information individuals share on social media is worth its weight in gold when combined with other pieces of information.
We all need a little reminder to “Be vigilant, because Internet fraudsters can (and will) use information against you.”