Geo tagging - Possible Security Threat!

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    Senior Member shizane101's Avatar
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    Geo tagging - Possible Security Threat!

    I thought I'd share a story with you that my co-worker told me about today. It involves geo tagging on pictures. Like most of you, I'm aware that it exists when I take a picture, but didn't think about it being seen in the HTML coding.

    Here's the story he shared with me:

    He woke up yesterday to one of the local news stations at his front door. They were there with a Craigslist ad in their hand. They told him they were doing a story on Internet security. Even though his Craigslist ad does not say where he lives, they were able to figure it out by looking at the longitude, latitude coordinates embedded in the HTML on the web page.

    Geo tagging should be turned on by default. If you don't want the feature activated, go to your settings to deactivate it.

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    What's this 'contained in the HTML coding' bollocks?

    Whatever they said, it's not true. Geotagging is stored in the pictures EXIF data, and anyone that has software that can read it (such as Windows Explorer!) can access that. It is often overwritten when a picture is edited & re-saved (decent imaging programs tend to put their own EXIF data in. Photoshop does, MS Paint leaves the original), generally it's only a danger if you put an untouched photo up on the web.

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    And GeoTagging is set to off as default, it has to be enabled in every case as it requires more of the Phones/Cameras/UMPC's functions to work.
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