We have become a ‘picture taking and quickly posting’ people. Log in to Facebook or Twitter and you’ll see thousands of photos with a little icon below indicating the picture was taken/and posted via mobile. Instant sharing.
Nothing wrong with that, right?
Well, as Christina Parker of Los Angeles learned, yes, there’s plenty wrong with instant sharing — or it can be. Shortly after posting pics on Twitter (via mobile), Ms. Parker received a message from the website Icanstalku.com telling her they knew where she lives.
Sounds like something out of a horror movie, right? I know where you are … and I’m coming to get you.
What happened was, Ms. Parker’s photos contained information called “geotags” embedded by her smart phone. With every picture she posted online, she was inadvertently giving out her exact location.
Well, call me “behind the times,” but I had no idea. I’m guessing many people would rather not broadcast their exact geographic location when posting a cute picture.
Say, you’re taking a shot of your kids, or pets, or rare diamond necklace to share it with friends. Post it online from your phone, and you’ve given a potential molester/thief/burglar the exact address. Now, all they have to do is pay you a visit.
So, should we stop sharing pictures, or only transfer them via computer? No.
As this article describes, all we have to do is disable the GPS feature on our phone, and we’re safe.
Technology … just gotta love it!
Image credit: dailyrecord.co.uk, teenagers film.