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Creepy took the prize.

In a contest promoting cyber security, UNC-Chapel Hill Information Technology Services has awarded the top prize to four University seniors who created a creepy video that warns against using geotags in social media.

ITS created the video public service announcement contest for October’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month in collaboration with the School of Media and Journalism and Professor Willis Smith. Smith’s Video Communication for Public Relations and Marketing students teamed up to create video PSAs for the contest.

group of four winners posingTop video warns against geotagging

An ITS team of judges awarded gold for the creepy geotagging PSA created by Mariah Barksdale, producer; Elizabeth Davis, writer; Johanna Hammond, videographer; and Katy Murray, editor, as seen left to right in this photo.

The students’ video opens with a guy walking down the street staring intently into his smartphone as he tracks the whereabouts of a young woman, all from what she has posted on the Internet.

We hear the stalker’s thoughts: “I’m following you. I know where you live. I know where you were last Saturday night. I know where you are right now.”

In the frozen yogurt shop where the young woman sits after sharing her location on Instagram, we see the stalker grab a chair next to her. The young woman, though, remains unaware. Again, we hear the stalker’s thoughts: “You don’t know me. But I know you.”

Tim Cline, ITS Information Security Specialist and the campus organizer of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, announced the gold, silver and bronze winners on October 30. He told the students he was quite pleased with the quality of the videos they produced.

“I will say, I thought your video was creepy,” Cline told the first-place team.

Compelling videos from silver and bronze winners

Two silver winners posingTaking second place were Kelly Archer, Erin Bissette, Carol Desalva and Anna L’Hommedieu for their video that uses simple language and humor to urge people to be careful with what they share online. In the photo, from left to right, are Archer and L’Hommedieu.

Three young women walking down the street pass a stranger in dark clothing. One of women says to the man, “The roomies of 316 Hudson Street take brunch!”

The voiceover: “You wouldn’t do that.”

To the stranger, the second woman adds: “So no one’s home!”

View the video.

Four bronze winners posingThe bronze award went to Kate Albers, Kristin Foster, Sandy Lerebours and Casey Moore, seen in this photo from left to right, for a video that warns against staying logged into public computers.

View the video.

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