Although this is nothing new, being a father myself, I feel a sense of responsibility to keep reminding parents out there the risk that they are putting on their children everyday. It has come to my attention that many parents are still taking photos of their pride and joy especially with their smartphones without knowing the risk. Now the thing about a Smartphone, you carry it with you most of the time and it is the easiest way to post photos on social sites such as Facebook, Twitter and even Photobucket. Now here’s an alarming message to all parents who take photos of their kids with their smartphone – you could be putting your children at risk of abduction.
Almost all the latest smartphones in the market comes with better and higher resolution camera for you to take better and clearer pictures of your kids. But what may not know, is that these smartphones can also include information that may give abductees the upper hand when you post photos of your kids online!
Geotagging is a feature that is available on many of the latest smartphones in the market today. It is the process of adding geographical identification and information encoded into your photos taken with your smartphone camera. While the information encoded into your photos may not be visible, but with the help of a number of software available online, anyone can easily retrieve the geographical information from the photos. This information can be easily put into a map that will eventually give out the location of each photo taken.
That photo you took of your 3 year-old son at the nanny’s place or the photo from the park you bring your kids to play, will be made available to the public once you uploaded it to social sites. Sure, privacy settings can help but to what extend? Now watch the video below and find out how easy for anyone to actually map out your location from the photos you’ve uploaded online.
The best way to prevent anything bad from happening is to disable your Geotagging on your smartphones. If you’ve no idea how to disable Geotagging on your smartphone, you can refer to the videos below.
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Now let’s keep your love ones save and always be vigilant with your online activities. Share this article if you find it useful.