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Stay Safe from CyberStalking: Disable Picture Geotags on your Cellphone

Posted on: August 13th, 2013 by under Computer Security | 2 Comments

Did you know: If you post pictures online from your smartphone, hackers can easily pinpoint your location.  How easy, you say? Take a look at this short video:

Pretty scary, huh?  Thieves, child predators and other criminals can easily find where you live, where you like to eat lunch, what park you take your kids to play in, etc.

This is not something new, but it’s shocking how many people are unaware of this threat and expose themselves to criminals.

Now that I have your attention, I have some good news. There is an easy way for you to disable geotagging on your cellphone pictures, while leaving it on for applications that need it, like your phone’s GPS.

Here are easy-to-follow instructions for your phone.  Don’t delay – Disable picture geotags now!

iPhone: Go to Settings, select General, then Location Services, and set the camera to off.

Blackberry: Open the camera, select the settings, and set Geotagging to off.

Android:  Open the camera, select the location icon, select off.

To get an even better idea of this threat, view the following news report, it’s eye-opening.

2 Responses

  1. AL says:

    iPhone users
    It’s General, Privacy, Location Services, Off

  2. Xavier Lambre says:

    Hi,
    In regard to your discussion, I would recommend an android phone application that is quite useful for the purpose. I use an app named “GPS Privacy” that automatically deletes the GPS location tags if the photo is taken in a privacy area – like around your home, school, work, etc. This way you don’t have to remember whether you have the GPS tags on or off. Simply define your privacy areas, and your pictures won’t have GPS coordinates when made in these zones
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.shumoapp.gpsprivacy&hl=en
    Hope this would be helpful for you as well!

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