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Are Your Cell Phone Pictures Exposing Your Location?

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When taking photos on your smart phone, did you know that metadata (including latitude and longitude coordinates) could be embedded within the file? This information is often retained by default desktop image software and many online photo storage websites and can disclose the exact location of where the photo was taken. The process, called geotagging, is related to the built-in GPS chip within your smart phone (often used with many apps).

If not turned off, this metadata is available to anyone who has access to your photos. Not only could this information reveal the exact location of your home, business or commonly visited locations, it might also tell someone when you are out of town, making your residence susceptible to burglary.

If you wish to disable geotagging on your photos, follow the steps below. If your phone is not listed, please check with your carrier for instructions.

How to Disable Geotagging:

iPhones/iPads
Settings > General > Location Services > Turn off Camera (and any other services you do not wish to store metadata)
OR
Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Turn off Camera (and any other services you do not wish to store metadata)

Android/Tablets
Select Camera App > Store Location (or select menu) > Set to OFF

For more information, please visit the following link:
http://www.wikihow.com/Avoid-the-Potential-Risks-of-Geotagging


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