Be Careful When Geo-Tagging Your Smart Phone Pictures!

Smart Phone Pictures

I know that most of my friends on social media use smart phone pictures. These  smart phones are beyond amazing! You can take smart phone pictures, tag your friends and then upload the pictures automatically to sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Foursquare.

This phenomenon has a drawback! Thieves and not so savory individuals can now scour the internet, find your images and find out information you probably never knew you were telling the world. You see smart phone pictures have something call geo-tagging (geographical tagging) embedded in the picture code. This has opened your life to the world. With a few simple clicks a tech novice can find out where the picture was taken.

You may think that putting every aspect of your life on the internet has no repercussions. If this is you, take a moment and think about your family and friends. Taking precautions never hurt anyone! I recommend not taking pictures of your children and geo-tagging the images at home, school or any other area you frequent. If we have learned anything about online predators is that they like to go for the low hanging fruit.

We all have been warned for years not to broadcast all over the internet that we are on vacation or just away from home. Geo-tagging has just made it easier for thieves to know that we are not home.

What are some precautions you can take:

  • Disable the GPS feature on your phone when taking pictures.
  • Do not use geo-tagging on images you post online.
  • Be Careful when using apps like Foursquare, vet your friends carefully.
  • Take pictures and upload to social media at a later time.
  • Do not use geo-tagging at home or locations you frequent often, especially if you have children.
  • Ask your friends to also disable the GPS feature on their phones.

Smart phone pictures have made our lives even easier. The ease of use and the speed at which we can broadcast our lives has made unsavory peoples career choice that much simpler to accomplish. So take some simple steps and protect yourself and your family.

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About Randy Hilarski

Randy Hilarski is an entrepreneur who moved to Panama where he saw opportunity and growth. Panama has been an opportunity of a lifetime with excitement at every turn. Choosing to be an expat was an easy choice for Randy. The world is changing and he wanted to be part of it. Native of Rochester, NY he spent his first eighteen years there before deciding to join the US Navy after graduating High School. The Navy took him on an eight year journey around the world where he worked as a Corpsman/Nurse. The Navy taught him to survive in foreign lands and adapt to other cultures. After leaving the Navy he spent time in school, working in sales and working in psychiatry. Helping others has always driven Randy to learn more and more about people, culture and what drives them. Randy has lived all over the USA, in Italy and Ethiopia and while serving in the US Navy spent time in many exotic locations around the world. Some of his interests include internet marketing, writing, social media, travel, metals, investing, sustainable agriculture and culture.
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