Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/179777/ask-htg-can-people-really-find-me-using-photos-i-post-online/
While GPS tagged photos are handy for always knowing where you took a photo, location data embedded in photos does have unsettling privacy and security implications. Should you be worried about the risk of people tracking you down via photos you post online?
I keep all my location and GPS services turned off, by default, on my Android phone - however I was totally unaware that the phone had the capability to tag my photos as well.
After reading the article, I checked the settings menu on my phone's camera and discovered the GPS setting was in the "OFF" position.
Having never previously tinkered with that setting, I can only assume one of two possibilities is true in this case -
Either the GPS setting on my phone is set in the "OFF" position by default -- or (more likely) it's connected to the main location settings on my phone, which I keep turned off unless I have a specific need for them at any given moment.
One thing I have noticed is that my phone will tag each picture with the date it was put on the device - either directly with the camera, or uploaded from another source.
TMI - If you ask me.
Unless you're posting kiddie porn pics that are geotagged to your home address, which will send the cops stalking you, no worries mate!
Jason: With respect, I am a little shocked that you find anything less than 100% security for one's children an acceptable stat. As a writer for HTG you are, no doubt, aware of the expression nine 9s when trying to achieve high availability of systems or reliability of data storage, etc. Why in the world wouldn't we strive for at least the same level with the safety of our children?
I just turn on GPS when I need to; like when using Google Maps. Otherwise, it's off, and any app that wants to turn it on will get info of me being on the North Pole (thanks to XPrivacy).
The formula for percent is 100*(X/Y), not simply (X/Y).
Actually it's (x/y)×100%. Without the percent sign, it's mathematically incorrect, as:
- × 100 = 75
- × --- = --- = 75%
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