Do you share photo’s from around your home on the internet?
My name is Nikki and I am an iPhone addict!
My iphone goes everywhere with me and the built in camera has allowed me to capture so many wonderful images that would never have happened, as I NEVER remember to take my camera when we are going out and about.
I also take pic’s around my home and have been known to share them on Pinterest or Instagram or Facebook or the blog.
Today, I discovered something that made me sit up and think about the pictures I have been sharing, and am I at risk of revealing my actual location to would be internet ‘thieves’. It’s this ‘thing’ called Geotagging.
Love this image (credit)
When you take a photo with your smartphone and your GPS is turned on, your location co-ordinates are added to the file, providing your exact location. Scary hey!
You take a pic announcing you are on the way to the airport for a 3 month jaunt around the world, or are heading out for the night, and these damn techno wizz’s of crime could find out where you live. You come home to house that is minus some of the contents that were happily residing there before you left.
You can protect your location, but turning off your GPS if you are taking shots around your home and then turning it back on so you can ‘check-in’ on Facebook from some exotic location.
I have no idea how often this may or may not be happening, but why risk it, especially if your pic’s share goodies around your home that you would rather keep.
The joys of modern technology!
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8 thoughts on “How Your Smartphone Photo’s Could Threaten Your Safety!”
This is a big deal with kids, because people can track where they are. Just have it off, all the time, I say.
Thanks for the tips Nikki … I don’t like anybody to know where I am!!! It’s a good idea to not post pics of your holiday, until you get back. Same with posting pics of your home – there’s no point giving the burglars a mudmap to all your goodies. I’ll go check my phone gps right now! Cheers, Alison #IBOT
I have seen and heard this all over the web and Facebook in the last couple of weeks, how wonderful technology is to give us our beloved iPhone, yet super scarey how much they can share of our information to the world as well!
Just turned my location off, thanks for the reminder, I had it one when I was using my maps on my smartphone!
Me too, google maps like it on, and you can turn it on and off when you need too 🙂
Yep I knew that. I haven’t enabled location services on my phone for this reason
I had never heard of this before, but I sure do now!
These warnings crop up every now and then – like anything on the Internet, it’s about making sure all your security settings are tight and up to date 🙂
Hello from #teamIBOT