I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.

For me they are the role model for being alive.

~ Gilda Radner

Thursday, November 11, 2010

PSA Cellphone GPS Safety

This was on the news last night
Smartphone picture uploads can reveal location of your children's home, school, and play areas
and included this video

Stalking through Cellphone Pictures

Protect yourself and your loved ones from unwanted attention because of an uploaded photo from your cellphone.

When you post to social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook, Craigslist, and Ebay people who want to know where you live just have to click on one of your family pictures and they can get the geo-coordinates of where that picture was taken. \You can pull up anything on the internet with longitude and latitude coordinates and your computer will find that exact location through the internet.

If your taking pictures that will be posted on the internet use a regular camera. But, in the case of an emergency or a hilarious shot, turn off the GPS tracking on your phone.

If you don't know how to do that, you can either take your phone back to the store you purchased it and have them show youo, or google it!

There is a large exception to this rule: Smartphones. The cameras in these devices are already equipped with the specialized hardware to automatically add geolocation information to the pictures at the time they are taken.

Most people don't realize that the action of automatic geotagging takes place on their smart phones, either because it is enabled by default, not exposed the user as an option, or was asked and then forgotten. As a result, individuals often share too much information about their location, right down to the exact Latitude and Longitude when snapping photos with their smartpphone and posting them online.


Wyatt said...

That's creepy....we have dumb phones and they take crumby pictures..so we don't use them as cameras.
but thanks fur spreading the word!

Wyatt and Stanzie

bbes tribe said...

Good to know. We don't have that special of a phone. We will be careful. Thanks!!!

Dexter said...

The link didn't work for me, but I got the message. Kind of makes me glad that momma hasn't figured out how to use all those fancy devices.


Jan said...

I only have a dumb phone, but it's hard to believe the kinds of things people will put out on the internet thinking it is all anonymous.

Carey Brown Strombotne said...

yikes! very scary. thanks for the info.

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

Thanks fur the PSA!

The world is a khreepy freaky place any more -


♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

We heard about that, but Mom says she isn't smart enough to figure out if her phone is smart:) Thanks for the PSA.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

The phones and internet are just getting to complicated and scary these days. What ever happen to just plain old telephone booths.. he he
No we don't have a big backyard but big enough for the pups to enjoy zooming.. They sure would rather play their zoomies on the farm.. Lots of acres to play on, leash free..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

Wow, mama had no idea! Thanks for the PSA. While mama joins the rest of the DOH's above in not having a super cell phone, her worry is the grandkids & their parents who do [have smart cell phones].

Jed & Abby

Alien said...

This is almost as frightening as garden gnomes.


An English Shepherd said...

Yes that sounds a bit scary :-(


Gus, Louie and Callie said...

We hope all is well Stumpy. You need to stop on over. We went herding today..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Life With Dogs said...

Having just bought a Droid, let me say thank you - I had no idea!

Unknown said...

But I don't want to turn off my gps, how are you gonna track me?

PS- yes lots of things are shared without us knowing. quite creepy