Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Warning if You Take Photos With Your Smartphone

It is convenient. It is easy. It can also be very costly. With the introduction of GPS technology on our tablets, our computers, and our smartphones, we can easily expose our identity and our exact location to strangers. Check out this video.

Here are some tips that you can use to make sure your information you post online remains private.

  1. Beware of any addons you install on your browsers. If you are unsure, always say NO. 
  2. Note that many free programs out there often has a "recommended" installation option to simplify things for you. Do NOT choose the recommended option. It is actually for THEIR benefit, not yours. 
  3. Turn OFF your GPS if your smartphone has one.
  4. Ensure that your Facebook or Twitter accounts have a strong privacy settings. If you are unsure how to do that, this link can give you some idea.
  5. Avoid putting sexy or suggestive photos on the web. You never know if some of your "trusted" friends can blackmail you in the future. Again, never say never. 
  6. As a rule of thumb, always remember that convenience often comes at a cost. In modern social media terms, the cost is the loss of privacy.
  7. Finally, be wise when it comes to putting information online. If unsure, don't.

Remember, if you are planning to use your smartphone to take pictures and post it on social media, do turn OFF your GPS first.


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