4.01.2011

{ is your smart phone endangering your kids? }

There's this feature on every smart phone that is quite handy.  It's called geotagging.  It's quite necessary, as one needs it for accessing the maps, for using any app that searches for things nearby {restaurants, theaters, gas stations, etc.}, or anything else that needs to know your exact location to better serve you.

But this amazing bit of technology has a dark side.


Yeah,  That dark.

Camryn sent me an email earlier and I'm so glad she did.  I had no idea that this was even possible.  You may have seen this already, but I thought it was worth the post if even if only to make one other reader aware.

How your smart phone may be putting the safety of your children at risk:

Did you know that geotagging is also equipped into your camera?  I didn't either.  Every time you take a picture, it records the exact place you took it at.  And when you put that picture on the interenet {blog, facebook, twitter, etc.} that location is still attached to your picture.

You may freak out now.  I sure did.  Watch this:

But this can all be avoided.  The website I Can Stalk You: raising awareness about inadvertent information sharing gives you step-by-step tutorials on how to change your settings so your pictures are no longer geotagged.  

So grab your smart phones, and change those settings!  {I was pleasantly relieved to see that mine was already turned off.  *whew!*}  And spread the word.  Let's keep our families safe. --xoxo

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4 post a comment :

Jamie said...

Wow that is so scary, glad I don't have a smart phone but I am definitely going to check hubbies!! Thanks for the info.

Rambling Heather said...

SCARY!! Thanks for this informational post!

phillH48 said...

OMG that is one scary video. This should definately get more coverage. You would think that the phones would come with the geo taging defalt as off and a waring when you turn it on. We definately put too much info on the net. eg my wheeled backpack website has name address and photo on it. You just can't be to careful

Deila said...

thanks, I fixed my iphone immediately. great post. nice blog.

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