Did you know that many smartphones and some digital cameras with GPS
capabilities encode your pictures with the Latitude and Longtitude of
the picture’s location? While it has great use if you forget where you
took those vacation pictures, it also can be a boon to thieves or sex
offenders wanting to take advantage.
This encoding of the picture is known as geotagging.
Once your pictures are posted to the web through websites such as Facebook,
Craig’s List, or YouTube, a savvy crook can find the location where it
was taken. So if you take a photo of your adorable elementary school-aged daughter in her bedroom and post it on Facebook or YouTube, a sex
offender could potentially find your daughter’s bedroom.
Newer digital cameras no longer include geotagging capabilities—although it can be added on.
Users beware: nearly all
smartphones have geotagging capabilities, often tied in with the GPS
locator technology. It can be difficult to find the menu to shut it
off. If you find the menu, it can also disable your GPS locator.
geotagging information is embedded in the photos and videos and is not
visible to the casual viewer. People are unaware it is there when
posting and inadvertently can be advertising their location and
compromising their privacy.
If you have a smart phone, such as an iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Palm, or others, you can go to the website http://icanstalku.com/how.php for directions on how to disable the geotagging.