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"Geotagging"

What is Geotagging?
Geotagging adds geographical identification to digital media. Digital media includes photographs, videos, websites, SMS messages, etc. Smart Phones and digital cameras have a global positioning satellite (GPS) feature which makes Geotagging possible by providing latitude and longitude coordinates.

Geotagging provides location-specific information for your smart phone or camera. People can find the location of your phone, your camera, and you, by entering latitude and longitude coordinates into a search engine.

Why is Geotagging Dangerous?
Geotagging provides access to your information that you might not want to share. After posting your media, Geotagging can share your exact home address, school address, work address, where you hang out, etc. You can risk sharing this information to a total stranger by keeping the Geotagging feature on your phone or your child’s phone.

www.readwriteweb.com/archives/researchers_warn_of_geotagging_dangers_are_you_concerned.php

How to Protect Yourself:

  • Turn the Geotagging feature off. You can go to www.icanstalku.com and go to How Do I Disable This for information on how to turn the Geotagging feature off for different smart phones.


  • Disabling software that will search for Geotagging information and delete it before sending the media. www.geotagsecurity.com


  • Pay attention to what you post and make sure you are comfortable with the information being out there forever on the internet.