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GPS On Cell Phone Photos Can Put You In Danger

 
malu
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GPS On Cell Phone Photos Can Put You In Danger
This is probably old news, but I just learned about it today. You can't be to careful in protecting not only your identity, but your location as well. If you or your kids are posting photos on Facebook, any one can open up the Geotag and find the location where the picture was taken.
Someone posting information that the Govt might find embarrassing, could wind up with a knock on the door in the middle of the night.

I ran multiple searches on this forum and found nothing, so if it was already posted, I apologize.

[link to chicago.cbslocal.com]

CHICAGO (CBS) – We love posting our favorite photos on Facebook, MySpace or Twitter to show our friends and family what we’ve been up to. But, as CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist reports, those innocent snapshots could be revealing a lot more about you than you might think — and opening you up to danger as well.

Cristina Parker loves taking pictures with her smartphone.

“I like to take a lot of photos of my dog and post them on Twitter. I think she’s really cute. Also my friends and family,” said Parker.

But one day, she got an ominous tweet from the website “I Can Stalk U”, telling her they know where she lives.

Parker said, “I thought it was a little scary. They were accurate to my location from my house. So my immediate response was, ‘what happened, how do you know where I am?’”

It turns out, Parker’s photos contained GPS information called geotags, embedded by her smartphone. Every time she posted a photo online that she took with her phone, she was inadvertently giving out her whereabouts.

[link to icanstalku.com]
"By way of deception, thou shalt do war."

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02/01/2011 10:34 PM
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Re: GPS On Cell Phone Photos Can Put You In Danger
Was posted weeks ago

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malu (OP)

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Was posted weeks ago

tomato
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1249477


ok, thank you


now i will have to demand that this one is pinned


or deleted

whatever works

anywho, i did not have a clue, and my daughter brought it up, telling me how she has to think about these things , so some perv doesn't stalk her

i grew up in a different world
"By way of deception, thou shalt do war."

Israel's Mossad

"The truth shall set you free."

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Motto
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02/02/2011 07:57 AM
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Re: GPS On Cell Phone Photos Can Put You In Danger
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tomato
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1249477

who gives a fuck

doesn't mean everyone saw it

i'm glad it was posted again - 5 stars for you OP

Last Edited by laundrybag on 02/02/2011 07:58 AM
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Re: GPS On Cell Phone Photos Can Put You In Danger
Not surprised at all here

This is partly why I stick to having the most basic of mobile phones

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02/02/2011 08:01 AM
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GPS good for 911 calls vs bleeding in a ditch and not knowing where you are.
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02/02/2011 08:10 AM
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tomato
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1249477

9teen True, but it's worth repeating.
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GPS good for 911 calls vs bleeding in a ditch and not knowing where you are.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1250457


this is true, however, this article is about being tracked by the photos you take with your cell phone. if you go to the second link it shows you how to disable that feature on your phone, however, your phone will still give away your location

disabling this feature from your phone:

[link to icanstalku.com]

if your children are posting photos from their cell phone on the net, they ARE at risk
"By way of deception, thou shalt do war."

Israel's Mossad

"The truth shall set you free."

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Motto
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Defiantly right there , different world , and Im not all that old born in 83'...Technology is advancing big time and its going to speed up this year again. As for social networking as in Facebook its horrible for the kids, I believe it is and will degrade younger adults and kids social skills. That and sooner or later someone is going to get killed or hurt over some post via Facebook or some kinda comment or online bullying its only a matter of time. I might hack and take down Facebook. yodarant



Was posted weeks ago

tomato
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1249477


ok, thank you


now i will have to demand that this one is pinned


or deleted

whatever works

anywho, i did not have a clue, and my daughter brought it up, telling me how she has to think about these things , so some perv doesn't stalk her

i grew up in a different world
 Quoting: malu