I received a somewhat disturbing email from my aunt today. Actually, I almost deleted it, as it was a chain email, but then I thought to read it since she’s not one to normally send chain email.
I’m glad I kept reading.
The email warned about posting pictures of kids or yourself on the internet from your cell phone, saying that these pictures could be easily tracked to your exact location down to the room of the house you were in when you took the picture.
At the end of the email was this video, which tells more details:
Scary stuff, right?!?
Basically, you need to watch our for the following:
- Hackers can track pictures posted on the internet from your camera phone down to your exact location of where the picture was taken.
- Considered the biggest risk on the internet right now.
- Pictures are tracked from the geocoding network in the phone’s applications
- You can check (and turn off) the geocoding location on your phone by going to settings>location services and then turning switching any camera apps you have to “off”
Naturally, I immediately checked my phone’s settings. Although my standard camera’s geocoding location was set to off, my other camera applications like Instagram, Camera+, and Color Splash were automatically set to “on.”
Obviously, I switched them all to “off.”
You can switch it to “all off” but then you won’t be able to use Google Maps or any GPS apps appropriately.
Another thing that looks scary, but really isn’t scary at all is this morning’s breakfast!
I’ve attempted to drink a smoothie since Sunday, but just haven’t craved one. This morning, it’s all I could stomach. I’m not feeling too hot this morning, and this drinkable breakfast was the perfect means of breaking the fast this morning
Hopefully it sets OK in my tummy…
Workout plans were to get in a full body lifting sesh today, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen. I feel so weak again!
I’m outta here. Have a good Tuesday, folks!
Does your camera in your phone have geocoding? If so, were they set to on or off?
Are you ever scared about posting pictures on the internet? I try to be safe by not posting the outside of my house, my cars, or my address/ph. #, but it’s hard to cover everything. For a more in depth look at blogger safety in general, Monica put on a great presentation on the topic at #hls this year.