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If hackers got their hands on your frequent locations (Photo: Raycom Media Image Bank/Jennifer Martin) If hackers got their hands on your frequent locations (Photo: Raycom Media Image Bank/Jennifer Martin)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

A feature buried deep within the megabytes of your smartphone's menu tracks your every move, and most smartphone users have no idea.

“That's a little bit freaky,” said Sarah Dixon when she saw the feature on her phone.

When University of Cincinnati student Ryan Noda saw how his iPhone tracks him: “Whoa! That's crazy!” Noda said.

Click here to see how to find the feature on your iPhone.

Click here to see how to find the feature on your Android.

Local mom Chanel Adkins said, “It's my home address in there, places I frequent like my child's school that I don't disclose. That's kind of scary.”

The frequent locations feature also includes how often you go to a certain place, when you were there and for how long.

“I don't think most people understand it. If they did understand, they'd be uncomfortable with it,” said tech expert Dave Hatter.

According to Apple, the feature helps your device and third-party apps, like maps your might use on your phone, to use information from cellular, Wi-Fi and GPS to determine your location. The same feature is also on iPads.

While many people were aware their phone tracked them, they had no idea their smartphone tracked their every move.

“It is a little nerve-wracking because you never know who's going to tap into your iPhone or anything,” Noda said.

And once your phone has this information, what can be done with it?

“All of this information about who you are, where you go, what locations you frequent, those are being sold to advertising firms, large corporations that might be interested in your personal data,” said Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders.

The Chief Technology Officer for the CIA, Gus Hunt, admits your cell phone data is extremely vulnerable.

“As you walk around, by the way, remember I told you your mobile is not secure,” he said.

So imagine if hackers got their hands on your frequent locations.

“They can harm your person. If somebody wants to harm you, they can stake out your place of business or anywhere you frequent,” Sanders said.

There are other potential issues if you have a company phone and take a long lunch or call in sick but head to a driving range instead.

“If it's a company-issued device, it would be very easy to access that information,” Hatter said.

If it's information you don't want others to know, a swipe of your finger can disable the feature.

“My tracks aren't very interesting,” said Dixon. “I have nothing to hide.”

University of Cincinnati student Treg Hagerkorn admitted, “My mom would love to have this knowledge!”

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