Thursday, October 11, 2012

What's a geo-tag?

Did you know that when you take a picture with a GPS enabled smart phone, that photo will have information coded into the digital image that when posted allows anyone with even basic image enhancing software to find the exact location where the picture was taken?

It's true, they can!  We learned this and much more at the Internet Safety Program hosted here at the YSB last week.  While the hotos you post to Facebook currently have this geo-tagging information removed, other sites such as the very popualr Instagram do not.  A stalker can, with four clicks of a mouse, find the exact location of you son or daughter's home from an innocent picture snapped at a family cookout.....

If you or your children are going to take pictures and upload them to the web, remember to disable the GPS function before taking the picture!

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