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Personal data stored in smartphone photos can compromise your safety

If you have a smart phone, chances are you've probably taken photos with it and posted them to social media. And while they might be worth a thousand words, are they really worth getting your home burglarized?

Exchangeable image file data, or exif data, is stored in every picture you take with your phone. It can include data such as brand of the camera, and also GPS coordinates, meaning if you take a picture of your home or something in it, a thief might have a road map to lead them right to it.

So how can you prevent bad guys from preying on your property? The best way is to disable the GPS settings on your camera. Most smart phones will allow you to do that under the privacy settings.

How do I remove exif data from my pictures?

Trash Exif App - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trashexif-metadata-photo-remover/id585543219?mt=8 

EXIF Stripper - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hrkfdn.exifstripper&hl=en 

For more information on preventing cyber stalking - http://www.hooverpd.com/ftpupload/upload/StalkingPrevention.pdf

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