November 3, 2011

Squidoo Blog Hop - GPS Tracking on Pictures

Hello, and welcome fellow Squido Lensmasters! For those who aren't travelling here by blog hop and don't know what Squidoo is, it's just a place where you can make nifty little web pages about any topic you choose, and maybe earn a little money for yourself or a charity in the process.

This week I want to talk about something that came to my attention recently that's a real concern to me both as a blogger and as a Squidoo writer.

I recently learned that that if you have a Smart Phone and take pictures on it, it's likely that these pictures are stamped with your GPS location...which means that people who know how could get this info off of photos you post on blogs and such if you took them with your phone. In other words, people can find out where you live if you take pictures in your home (even if the picture is of an apple pie, a craft project, or other usually non-identifying photos).  That's creepy!

You can change your phone setting so they DON'T add this info to your photos...

This article tells how:
How to Avoid the Potential Risks of Geotagging - wikiHow

And here's two methods to remove it from current photos:
How to Remove Location Info from Mobile Phone Pictures
Removing Metadata from Photos (Windows)

Now, some websites do strip geotagging info out of photos they host (Facebook and Flickr does this)...I'm not sure if blogger or Squidoo does this, and plan to look into it.  If I find anything I'll share it with you next blog hop (or edit and post it here).


  1. always something isn't it??
    our cell phone provider no longer has a way to get photos from my phone to the internet...and I have no cord to do it either. I'm really upset over this.
    I don't have one of the smart phones though.

  2. Good technology to work on. This smart software can trace any object

  3. Hi there
    This seems to be very awesome. I would love to track down bunch of photos and GPS and navigate it. It is cool. :)