Smartphone Pictures can Pose your Privacy Location

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We all love taking pictures and photograph of our self, our children, friends, parents, co-workers and other things.
As today, there are so many phones that has many camera features where you can enhance and edit photos to make it more beautiful and presentable.
But did you know that today's smartphones is very high-tech that it can provides your location, when or where the photos are taken, by uploading it in internet?

This news is spreading all over the web and some of us already know this. But for some other people who's first time to here this, it is worth sharing.

If you have iPhone, BlackBerry, Google Android, please check your settings. Because photos you uploaded and e-mailed using your smartphones could leak and give your location that can threaten your safety, especially your children. So, it is recommended restricting which applications can access GPS marking, or turning off location services altogether, in your smartphone settings.

By this, some stalker can easily track and see where the photo was taken and track your location. This is a frightening treats to parents, because it can be use for kidnapping your children.

How it works?
"This is exactly like in you GPS device in your car. When you do it, it can tell you exactly where it is", said by Deep Medhi, a Computer Science Professor at UMKC.

Watch this Video for more info

This is How to Deactivate Your Settings

For iPhone 
(iOS 4.x)

(Via Charles)

Apple greatly simplified the way to turn off location services on a per-application basis. To see your settings, go to Settings, General, then Location Services. From there you can set which applications can access your GPS coordinates or disable it entirely.

iPhone (iOS 3.x)

With the iOS 3.x there are two ways to disable Geotagging of photos. The first involves disabling of all location based services. To disable this feature, Go to Settings, General then set Location Services to off.

Be warned: This will turn off ALL location based services for ALL applications. Of course we may actually have need to use location based services for other applications (such as maps and driving directions, or getting robbed via Foursquare), but just not for our pictures.

There is no easy way to disable location based servces for just one application. However, we can make the iPhone prompt us at first use for each application. Once reset, the first time we enter the application we can enable or disable location based services for the application. To do so we need to go to Settings, General, Reset.

Be careful here! We want to select Reset Location Warnings, and then Reset Warnings. This restores all of our Location based warnings for each application to the default, which in most cases is "Ask on first use".

From here, once we enter into the default Camera app on the iPhone, we can select Don't Allow. This will 
prevent the Camera app from geotagging our photos. 

For Google Androids Verizon Droid Phones
Like the iPhone, there are two ways to turn off geotagging. To completely disable GPS location finding for all applications, we will need to do the following:

Press the Menu Key and then Settings

Android Settings

Then press Location and security

Android Location Security

By default, GPS is on. Uncheck it to turn it off

Android GPS ONAndorid GPS OFF

Like disabling the GPS in the iPhone, this will break location based information for all applications, including legitimate uses.

In order to disable for just the camera application, start the Camera app to make sure that you are not saving your location. This is the menu on the left side of the camera application; it slides out from left to right.

Android GPS Camera Location

Select "Store Location" and make sure it is set to off.

Android GPS Camera Location Off

Once this is disabled, the camera app will no longer add geotags to your images.

And for BlackBerry Devices

There are multiple ways to disable the geo-tags on Blackberry. We details three ways here:

(Via Bug_Bear)

Select Options, Advanced Options, GPS, press Menu key, Select Disable GPS and select Yes to confirm. This will disable all GPS capabilities on the phone.

(Via Bug_Bear)

Select Options, Security, Applications Permissions, menu select Edit on the application (default is Prompt for BB Core), Expand Connections, Change Location (GPS) to "Deny", or you can disable within the application. Most apps i.e. Google Maps, Ubertwitter, etc... will just default everything to "allow" for app perms regardless of app settings chosen during setup.

(Via an anonymous contributor... Thanks!)

Go into picture-taking mode (via HomeScreen, click icon "Camera"), press the Menu button and choose "Options". Set the "Geotagging" setting to be "Disabled". Finally, save the updated settings.

Other Phones

Sadly, there are numerous phones that we are unable to test. The exact directions on how to disable may vary by phone but we suggest checking under the Options menu of the Camera application and also any kind of "Location" or "GPS" menu under your phone's control panel.
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