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Web mobile photos that reveal secrets

It’s a little over two thousand years ago that Judas Iscariot left his calling card with the chief priests. In the modern day twenty first century setting you don’t even have to have a best friend or wayward disciple to betray you or your privacy. Speaking of which privacy has suncobsciously become a thing of the past. Anybody at a click of a button can know who you are, where you live, your social networking profile, who your friends are and what you like.

A mobile phone today can become all things in one having a myriad of capabilities including: a Global Positioning System receiver with maps and optional turn-by-turn directions; digital camera, flash, video recording and video conferencing; wireless connectivity and Bluetooth; a portable media player with the ability to download podcasts over the air; a FM Radio tuner; Composite Video output via included cable; multi-tasking to allow several applications to run simultaneously; a web browser with support for HTML, JavaScript and Adobe Flash; messaging via SMS, MMS and e-mail; Office suite and organizer functions; and the ability to install and run third party Java ME or Symbian mobile applications. Whew, I have run out of breath even without mentioning the millions of downloadable apps  or the  i-phone but listen to this:

Mobile phone

When Adam Savage, host of the popular science program “MythBusters,” posted a picture on Twitter of his automobile parked in front of his house, he let his fans know much more than that he drove a Toyota Land Cruiser.

Embedded in the image was a geotag, a bit of data providing the longitude and latitude of where the photo was taken. Hence, he revealed exactly where he lived. And since the accompanying text was “Now it’s off to work,” potential thieves knew he would not be at home.

Security experts and privacy advocates have recently begun warning about the potential dangers of geotags, which are embedded in photos and videos taken with GPS-equipped smartphones and digital cameras. Because the location data is not visible to the casual viewer, the concern is that many people may not realize it is there; and they could be compromising their privacy, if not their safety, when they post geotagged media online. -The New York Times

Which reminds me of the pea-brained German bank robber who recently led his pursuers straight to him after taunting police in an email over their efforts to catch him.

Next time you take a photo in church or prayer meeting or birthday party remember the whole world may just be watching too. Some of the mundane information if used unscrupulously could make you repeat the last words that Luke recorded of Jesus to Judas, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”

One response to “Web mobile photos that reveal secrets

  1. Darlene August 20, 2010 at 12:36

    this was a very interesting article..

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