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Foresight
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I have notice that members may not be aware that photos taken on smart phones and GPS enabled cameras will still have their GPS data attached to them when they are posted on the forum. These photos are showing the exact coordinates of where our members pride and joy is stored as well as their home locations etc. This is bad enough but when members share when they will be absent etc it could become a serious security threat.

If this tutorial saves a single person from having something bad happen then it was worth writing

There are 2 ways to make sure this doesn't happen:
1. Disable GPScamera features on smart phones so that the GPS data is not attached to the photo in the first place.
2. Modify your photobucket account to strip the GPS location when an image is uploaded

Method 1: Disable gps camera features on smart phones
Smart phone instructions courtesy of icanstalku.com/how.php

iPhone (iOS 4.x)

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.



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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 services 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.



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Palm WebOS

Palm has made it fairly easy to disable applications from accessing the GPS without your explicit permission. If you bring up the "Location Services" configuration screen, there should be three options: Auto Locate, Geotag Photos, and Background Data Collection. Ideally, all three should be turned off.

To disable geotagging photos, simply turn the "Geotag Photos" option off. If "Auto Locate" is off, the "Geotag Photos" option will not be displayed as the Pre will not geotag photos with "Auto Locate" off. Once the "Geotag Photos" is turned off, the camera application will no longer geo tag photos. As a side note, if "Auto Locate" is off, the Pre will prompt you anytime an application requests your location from the GPS. This allows you to know who's asking to find out where you are.

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Google Android (Verizon Droid Phones, this is you! :))

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


Then press Location and security


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



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



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

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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.



Method 2: Modify your photobucket account to strip the GPS location

Login to photobucket, click your user name (1) and select your account settings (2)




Select the privacy tab (1), activate remove information checkbox (2) and then click save (3)



Your photos will now be stripped of location information when they are uploaded.

Please note: You may need to re-upload images that you previously uploaded to your account with the location information as I donÒ€ℒt believe checking this option erases data from existing images within your account.


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Lee & Q
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Great catch there Lee... thanks for posting


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i just noticed that the pics i have uploaded recently from my phone have the location i uploaded them from attached to them and not the location of the actual photo... so even if you wanted the location you took the photo stored, it won't work...

i hope the gps on our camera we just bought does save the location its taken so we can say we saw a lion right there, when we get back from africa, and not have it say i saw a lion right here in perth...


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There's a Cougar about to walk into my shop - maybe photo worthy - unsure as yet......


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Nice one Lee.
I'll make this a sticky.

BTW, as a moderator, you should be able to do that too I think Smile


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Hybrid, I just thought it was safer to let the kingpin decided :rotfl:

Tim that may be an issthawing your setup but in general the photos ive tested and the ones other members have uploaded all have the location of where the photo was taken.


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A little article related to this.

Holidaymakers warned about using social media, could increase risk of burglary


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Thanks Lee, appreciate that


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I know its a sticky but I thought I'd bump this because if you are anything like me you only ever click on the 'todays posts' link.


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thanks Lee, had done phone but had forgot to update photobucket


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Cheers Lee, luckily mine was already off but my wife's was not. Nice one mate.


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