“Sometimes, it’s not about protecting us from cyber criminals, it’s about protecting us from ourselves,” Webroot rep MacLean Guthrie told Fox 40 News. “People are on Social Networking sites at all hours sharing all sorts of opinions, feelings and news. And sometimes people are online when they shouldn’t be.”
I can’t imagine anyone being online when they shouldn’t be unless they are shirking work while on someone’s payroll. Nevertheless, The Social Media Sobriety Test is a free download for anyone who needs help with the humiliation of “drunk posting” – which you should not be doing in the first place. It was designed by Webroot, an Internet security company that thought outside the box on standard online security. The company looked into the humanity of personal responsibility. Be forewarned that The Social Media Sobriety Test isn’t fail-safe because that wasn’t the company’s intent.
The system is pretty simple to use. After downloading the program, the application will ask you to enter the social networking sites you want to protect yourself from, such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. After that you enter the timeframe you want to protect yourself from making a fool of yourself. When you try to access those sites within the timeframe you selected, The Social Media Sobriety Test will set in and impose a five standard sobriety tests. Pass the test and you’re free to post, fail the test and the download will prevent you from posting on the social media web sites you chose.
Any drunken idiot will find a way around the free download, so it appears to be more of something fun. But it does offer that mental check — think twice about posting something you will later regret whether sober or drunk.