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Googles search completion and Norway’s mail service’s parcel tracking let’s you track other peoples Parcells
Here the other day we headed over to Posten Norges website to track our parcel and came across something a bit odd.
Google chrome has a built in Personal Search Completion which is a great feature normally, it helps you remember what you searched for, and mix in what other people searched for on the same site in case you’re looking for the same thing or are unsure what to search for. You do get a few pointers in the right direction, and it has helped us a few times so we are proof it works.
On the other hand we don’t want to share the tracking number on our parcels with others because this is all you need to pick up the parcel when it arrives. But at Posten’s site it is possible to guess a whole lot of these numbers, if it works for parcels in transit we are unsure as the only ones we have tracked have been delivered/picked up but in theory it’s possible, and here’s how it works:
Head over to Posten (Posten in English) an you will find the tracking form on the right. Now start off by putting two letters in the box (this is the guessing part), since we had a tracking nr we used the two first letters of our own number.
Then just simply double click in the text input box, and Googles Search completer drops down and there you go; other peoples tracking nr. On CA, there was only one package but on CE, CC, AR and others the list is longer. When these suggestions appears, press the number you want and presto!
As you can see this package has had a long way to travel, and has been collected in Vadsø by the addressee after a quick roundtrip to Grong.
We here at Nordic-Vikings don’t feel that all safety measures has been taken by Posten AS since this method is possible, and we fear that this can or have been exploited by people of less nobel intentions. Posten has been made aware of this by us but has not yet replied.
Nordic-Vikings.net takes no responsibility for lost or stolen mail due to this article as it is not our system that is faulty.