Many people are not aware that when you take a picture with your cell phone and upload the picture to social media such as Instagram or Twitter, your location information can be revealed to the world.
Learn from the host of MythBusters, Adam Savage. According to the New York Times, Adam tweeted a picture of his new Toyota Landcruiser parked in front of his home with the caption, “Now, off to the work!” The picture had his location embedded inside the picture and his 800,000+ Twitter followers immediately new his home location and that he was now, “off to work.”. Bad move.
So, be careful and aware of the information you may inadvertently leak out through the pictures you post online. If you would like to disable this feature from your phone, check out this website. To re,move the information from the pic, one option is to use Picasa to delete the information.
To view the embedded geolocation information in your pictures, you can download a browser add-on. I encourage you to view the information yourself and remove the information from your pictures immediately.
Below is an example of a picture with embedded information. With the Firefox EXIF viewer add-on, you can easily identify the time, date, phone type, and location of the picture. Be sure to either turn off this feature on your phone or check and remove the information before you share online.
Firefox – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/exif-viewer/?src=search
Please share and be aware!