Is Your Smart Phone Announcing Your Location to the World?

If you take a picture and upload it to Twitter and you haven’t disabled the geotagging function on your smart phone, someone can look at the data attached to photos you take and share online and isolate the location of the picture within 15 feet. This is unsettling.

This CNET video walks you through how to change these settings on various types of smart phones.


Beyond telling strangers where you are, you are also telling them where you are not.

Say you have just snapped that picture of your feet from the hammock with the beach in the background. In addition to saying Dear Friends, I’m on vacation and you should be jealous…you’re also saying Dear Thief, I’m not home, you can rob my house!

Makes you think, huh?

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3 Responses to Is Your Smart Phone Announcing Your Location to the World?

  1. Amy @ Forever 29 Blog November 4, 2011 at 5:43 am #

    Woah that is scary! I was glad to find that mine was already turned off. Thanks for sharing!

    • Heather November 4, 2011 at 11:54 am #

      I hunted down a bunch of photos and deleted them. Oy.

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