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    Hi all,

    Care must be used, when posting Geotagged photos! Please read below!!!!!

    Take care,

    Jay

    Photos Reveal More Than Meets the Eye
    by: Darleen Hartley -8/23/2010

    Photos Reveal More Than Meets the Eye - Bright Side Of News*

    Geotagging embeds the exact location where the photo was taken, within about 15 feet. The feature exists in GPS enabled cameras and almost all smartphones. If you upload those images to the internet, what will they reveal about you? Well, that you have a silly dog, a pretty cat, a charming kid, a new car - and where you live. Thatís right, your address is available behind the scenes for anyone knowing how to look for it.

    The iPhone and Palm Pre are two smartphones that automatically embed the userís latitude and longitude in each photoís metadata. Thatís data about data - information hidden in a file that is not readily visible. In jpeg images, you might find the ISO setting used when the photo was taken, the software used to process it, and where you were when you clicked the shutter.

    Letís say you are on vacation and sending a daily journal to friends. People who scan Twitter posts for locations have already recorded your home address from that cat photo. Your Twitter posts and that photo of you under the Eiffel Tower broadcast clearly that you are not at home. How do you spell B-U-R-G-L-A-R?

    You could turn off the geotagging for the camera, but then all locations are disabled. Now, you canít look for the restaurants in Paris or find the route to the Louvre.

    I Can Stalk U is a website set up to make camera buffs aware of how much information is available when they post a photo online. You also could be advertising your home address when you are advertising Aunt Millyís diamond necklace on Craigslist. That glittering jewelry just might catch the eye of a resourceful thief.

    I Can Stalk U was started in Massachusetts by Ben Jackson, security analyst for Mayhemic Labs, and Larry Pesce, a senior security consultant at NWM. They also give presentations on their favorite topic at technology conferences. Their website contains frequently updated instructions for disabling the location tracking feature on many smartphones.

    Disabling the iPhone is relatively simple, they tell us. Use Settings, General, Location Services. Be aware, though, this disables all your location features. On the PalmPre, go to Location Services also, where you can pick and choose among three disabling features. Changing settings on the Google Android phones will also kill all your location features if you pick the wrong setting. The Blackberries have multiple approaches. For exact instructions with text and pictures go to the "Help Me Fix This" section of Jackson and Pesceís web site.
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    Other than disabling geotagging, which can be useful sometimes, altogether, one can avoid the disclosure of the picture location and other data by using this free tool to remove metadata from pictures before posting the pictures on the Web.

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