With an iPhone , open the Settings folder, click on Privacy and then Location Services. A list opened up for every software program that has GPS as an option. It was simple to move the camera setting from on to off.
With an Android phones , you can do the same thing to turn off GPS for photos. Foss said he did not know the procedure to turn off GPS for photos on Microsoft Windows, and said owners of those devices should check with where the phone was purchased.
Be careful what you post photo-wise.
If you have already posted photos with the GPS activated, take those photos down. Make sure for subsequent posts GPS is deactivated.
Don't tag a photo
Many online photo software products as well as software a person might install on a PC now are able to tag a photo using facial recognition. When you identify one picture of a person, all subsequent photos are tagged with the name as well. The idea is you search for that name, and the search populates all of the photos in your cache.
If you use Snapfish.com [http://Snapfish.com/] or Picasa (a
Scrub the EXIF data from your photos before posting online.
According to Foss, he found a number of companies online that provide free software that will basically erase the EXIF data from a digital photograph.
You can review several programs by going to www.diggfreeware.com [http://www.diggfreeware.com/] and clicking on number 11: Five free utilities to remove EXIF/IPTC/XMP metadata from images. Foss said he cannot vouch for any of the programs.
Take responsibility for what you post to the internet.
Foss said that posting a picture of you standing in front of the
Use common sense in what you include in the frame of your photo -- such as clues to addresses, street names, and other identifying landmarks.
Set your privacy restrictions to family only on Facebook.
Foss uses Rich Site Summaries (RSS) feeds to keep track of many security and online concerns, and said he is unaware of any broadcasts by law enforcement that correlate information from digital photos with crimes.
When asked if alerting the public regarding information tagged to digital photos would be opening up Pandora's Box, he said he would rather inform the public than not.
"You've got to strike a balance with overreacting to a potential problem, and not doing anything about it. It's better to keep something bad from happening, than to report about it after the fact," he said.
One area of concern for Foss was that parents act wisely regarding their children and use of the internet -- especially
"I gave a presentation to third -- , fourth -- and fifth -- graders last year on the internet, and asked how many of my audience had a Facebook account. Just about all the students raised their hand. When I said 'You are not old enough to have an account according to
The difficulty with parents checking to see if their children have social media accounts is that the children don't use their own name. Plus , they shut down and create new accounts often.
Foss said he has two Facebook accounts. One is personal and one is for his work. He said he posts nothing to his Facebook account -- ever.
Aware of smartphone photo danger? Go to the HDR's Facebook page and tell us.
-- 2010 broadcast from Channel 41
--Free scrubbing software, go to www.diggfreeware.com [http://www.diggfreeware.com/].
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