More Than Just a Picture

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 Smile 


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.

Peace out!Hot smile

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  1. This is terrifying. As in, I haven’t even watched the video and I’m frightened… terrifying. I don’t have kids, and pretty much whoever follows me on Facebook knows me in some capacity in real life. But Twitter, notsomuch. Checking my phone settings… NOW!

  2. Wow, thanks for that PSA, just checked all mine and luckily they were all off for the camera type ones. I try to be very careful, while I talk about my town, I never post pictures of the front of my house or mailbox numbers or anything specific. It’s tough though b/c I’m pretty sure if you google my name you can find out more about me through non-blog (ie: work) stuff than I would like, there’s just no way to control it!

  3. Wow. Sharing this post on my FB pages!

  4. Thanks for the advice!
    I’m with you: No photos of my home, car, workplace, or frequent running routes. No details about my schedule or travel plans… but still, are there things we aren’t thinking of?
    Monica over at “Run. Eat. Repeat.” did a presentation on blogger safety recently. She provided some excellent suggestions:
    (presentation link about halfway down the post)

  5. Every time my camera+ ap tells me that I should turn my location services on, I want to yell at it…NOOOO…no I DON’T want the entire world to be able to figure out where I am.

  6. Totally freaks me out- I had made sure my camera &instagram were set to off previously. People can be so creepy! Great post

  7. This seems like the most obvious and overly asked question EVER: but you’re tired and not feeling too hot…could you be pregnant?

  8. I am so glad you posted this! I just changed all the settings on my phone!

  9. Ok, thats just terrifying. Im going to check my phone right now.

    I try and be really careful about what I post. I’ve never mentioned what city I live in, I never put up pictures that show street signs, or anything that would give away where I live, and I’ve never, ever put my last name on my blog. Its way too uncommon for that.

  10. That’s really scary. Thanks for sharing this!

  11. Thanks so much for the info and the link to Blogger Safety. I have been toying with the idea of including pictures of my kids on my blog but something has been holding me back. It certainly isn’t because they are aren’t adorable, but I want to keep them safe. I’ll have to think about it a little more.

  12. Um, WOW. Thank you!!!!!!!

  13. Wow! I definitley need to check this ASAP! Thanks so so much for sharing.


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