Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Want Security and Privacy? Turn Off Your Mobile Devices' GPS | PCWorld

People with smartphones and tablets may be giving Apple and Android apps they download the permission to capture their geo-location data to know where they are, but security experts are making the strong argument to just say no instead -- and turn off that GPS function unless really needed.
"There's the privacy concern, maybe you don't want billions of people to know where you live," says Alan Brill, senior managing director, Kroll Advisory Solutions, who points out that smartphones with GPS chips today will embed geo-tagging information into the photo you upload to social-networking sites. It's fairly simple to use EXIF interpreter software that's freely available online to cull that geolocation data out of your photo, Brill says. In fact, this is happening today in military situations where adversaries watch for photos posted by the other side, he adds. To read more click the link below... ☺

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