Posted by Jilian Yong
After the launch of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, the social networking phenomenon as a whole has millions of people across the globe sharing their photos, videos of their favorite songs and posting little details about their lives. To be honest, many of us are unconcerned about our privacy. For all of you out there thinking you have got it under control. Think twice.
Let’s say your parents just bought a new car for your birthday. And your initial reaction is, “I can’t wait to post a picture of my brand new ride!” Of course, you would expect a dozen of comments flooding your Facebook or Twitter page, but for all you know, you’re also letting others know much more than just your extravagant birthday gift.
Geotag, is a program which allows you to match information of the time or date with photos with location from a map or a GPS unit. In other words, if the picture you have taken of your new car was embedded with geotag, you have just provided the location of where the picture was taken. Hence, you have revealed to potential stalkers and thieves to where you live. Adam Savage, host of the popular program “MythBusters”, had been a victim in the past.
Most of the photos or videos taken by smartphones like Androids that are equipped by GPS and digital cameras are embedded with geotags. The concern here is that the location data cannot be seen, that is why many people are compromising their safety and privacy when they upload geotagged media online. ICanStalkU.com is a Web site that reveals multiple people that were stalked because of geotags.But do not fear, they provide instructions to help disable the geotagging function. The founder of ICanStalkYou.com is featured in this video about the dangers of geotagging.
You are more than welcome to enjoy networking and sharing photos, but how do we decide what to share and what not to? What do you think?