Have you ever heard of geo-tagging?
I hadn’t… however, interest turned to concern when I saw the video below.
In short, uploading your personal photos to your social media accounts and even public sites such as craigslist is a perfect way for criminals and hackers to track your location. Because of the GPS within your cell phone, these bad guys (thieves, pedophiles, etc.) know how to track your cellphone to specific locations where your photos were taken, including those you may take of your cute toddler at home or grandmama’s. Smartphones have encrypted messages that tell the exact location of where you take each image.
Now with many children and young teens using their parents’ smartphones or having one themselves (eek!), they are potentially putting themselves and their family at risk. And parents are unaware that they may be telling too much about their family.
Many of the new do-everything smart phones include all the necessary ingredients for invasive stalking: a camera, microphone, location information or GPS tracking, personal data on the user, and more. Since their owners carry them everywhere the go, cell phone stalkers have a window into your life – where you are, who you are talking to, and what you’re talking about. Just think about how much information you give out over the phone.
Besides that, smartphones instantly store the location where the photographs were taken (even in your own home). Almost everyone can have these encrypted geo-tags through add-ons which are downloadable. These add-ons convert the geo-tags to a mapped location, making it pretty easy to track locations.
It should make us think more proactively about issues of personal safety for ourselves and those we love. I for one am very uncomfortable with the number of ways we have lost privacy. We used to value privacy so highly…and many of us still do.
You can start by changing a few settings:
Review the camera settings of the smartphones, de-activate geo-tagging, make the online photo servers private, and turn off any other location services in the smartphone. For more specifics in how to do this, go to ICanStalkYou.com or Tech-Recipes: How to Disable Geo-tagging on Your Smartphone’s Camera (Android, iPhone, BlackBerry).
Be watchful and exercise wisdom at all times, never give way to fear, and take comfort that no matter what, He will be glorified in the end. You are loved by an Almighty God!
“By wisdom a house is built,
and by understanding it is established;
by knowledge the rooms are filled
with all precious and pleasant riches.
A wise man is full of strength,
and a man of knowledge enhances his might,
for by wise guidance you can wage your war,
and in abundance of counselors there is victory.”
~Proverbs 24: 3-6
Thanks for reading!