Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Smartphone picture uploads can reveal the location of your children's home, school, and play areas - NBCActionNews.com - Kansas City

Image representing iPhone as depicted in Crunc...Image via CrunchBaseIf you actually think you are safe with posting all your information including pictures online to facebook and other social media. You might want to think again with what you post online.
This Warning should be taken seriously and take the measures to keep you and your family safe.
See the full article below and most of all watch the video below.
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Pictures you’ve e-mailed or uploaded from your smartphone could be leaking location information threatening your safety or that of your children.
“Perfect, just like that,” cooed NBC Action News staffer Susanne McDonald to her four-year-old daughter Laine as she took a series of smartphone pictures. “Ready? One, two, three! Good Girl.”

We loaned McDonald and Laine a smartphone to see just how threatening a seemingly innocent snapshot could be once loaded online.
Police are concerned
“It's frightening,” said Leawood School Resource Police Officer Mark Chudik when we showed him what we had uncovered.
We combed Twitter and sites like Facebook , Craig's List, and Photobucket .
We searched by entering the names of area cities.  We easily identified the home addresses and play areas of children whose pictures were posted by their parents.

How to deactivate your geotagging
The site icanstalku.com reposts pictures from unwitting Twitter users in real time, translating their photos into actual addresses and maps.
The site also lists a how to deactivate geotagging on the iPhone, Blackberry with GPS, Google Android, and Palm WebOS.
The site recommends restricting which applications can access GPS marking, or turning off location services altogether, in your smartphone settings.


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