HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For many people, Facebook has become the new 'brag book.' But, if you snap and post photos from your smart phone or tablet online,
you could be giving random people a road map to your whereabouts, your children, and your lives.
Metadata, including type of camera used, and latitude and longitude of a photo, are there for anyone to see unless you disable the location services app for your camera.
Noel Sen of Apple Magic says the same GPS technology that gives users helpful turn by turn directions can direct someone to the location of a photo. According to Sen, "You can Actually see where that pic was taken from your home, restaurant wherever. Someone in the military took a picture with friends. They were on a mission no one was supposed to know about and posted a picture and there was their location."
Even John McAfee, the millionaire turned fugitive behind the successful McAfee antivirus software, unknowingly gave away his location with metadata.
Sen explains, "He got into a bit of trouble and was hiding out somewhere. They found him he took a picture and posted it somewhere."
Anyone can install a free metadata app right to their iphone or ipad. Fortunately, if you don't want that information out there, there's a quick fix.
To disable, go to settings, click on privacy, and under location services, turn off the camera application.
That way, you can rest easier knowing you're not sharing metadata for the world to see.