As a parent I’m amazed that more folks aren’t informed about GPS GeoTagging Photos when it comes to taking pictures with their smart phone. I suppose I’m guilty of it, you have a really cute photo of your little one, and BAM, you upload it to FaceBook or Twitter for all your friends to see. Or maybe friends of friends, or perhaps the world to see. Did you also realize that you may also be sending your exact location the photo was taken along with the image?
So maybe it’s not that big of a deal, I mean lets face it, your vacation photos of you at Walt Disney World aren’t exactly top secret, but what about those cute family moments? Often times when you snap a quick photo, you are also sending the EXACT GPS coordinates along with the image. This is like a GPS tracker directly to your doorstep! Take a quick moment to see what I’m talking about below:
Because of the many readers of Frugal Florida Fun may also use many of our tips to sell unused items on Facebook, Craigslist or Ebay, I wanted to point out the dangers of GPS GeoTagging Photos. I see many individuals on the “Swip Swap” pages that sell unused items that are safe, always meeting people at a public place to trade items for payment, but they gave away their location not only to potential buyers, but everyone on Facebook!
The good news is that GPS GeoTagging Photos can actually be turned off fairly easily. Check out a few of the guides below to turn off or remove geotags from your photos:
Turn Off GPS GeoTagging Photos and Tracking – iPhone/iPad iOS 7:
- Open Settings:
- Location Services
- Turn “Off” The Camera App
If you don’t necessarily want to turn off GPS GeoTagging Photos but instead want to just strip the META Data or GeoTaggs from your existing photos, you may want to checkout a suite of FREE apps by PixelGarde.com. I checked out the FREE iPhone app and it works very well! Form their site you can download an Android app, Mac OS or even a Windows program to help you in regards to geotagging or removing data from your pictures. It’s really simple:
Please feel free to share this article with you family and friends who use social media, share photos, or sell things online. We want everyone to be safe online so I though I would pass this along.
Want more details on GPS GEOTagging Photos?
Article from HowStuffWorks.com on GeoTagging
Article from Popular Science with links to more how-to videos