February 1, 2012 by msashtonwriter
I came across an article today about privacy and safety that sent my paranoia up a notch. Wait, it’s not paranoia, it’s reality. As a writer in this day in age social networks can be our best friend. For all of us in general, however, it can be dangerous as well.
The article brought “cybercasing” to my attention. For instance, if you take a picture with a certain type of phone or camera and upload it to you favorite social network, you have just revealed the precise location of that photo. It’s called “geo-tagging,” and it consists of latitude and longitude coordinates.
Don’t get me wrong, there are pro’s to this as well, and I’m grateful for the new developments in technology today. However, it’s important that you be extremely careful about what you post for the safety of you and your family.
Is it necessary to confess that you will be leaving your home, or that you are at the store? I did that one time, and I will never do it again. My mom chastised me for “telling my business.” The next day I heard about privacy concerns that were surfacing, and it listed the dos and don’ts for revealing information on the internet.
So the next time you want to post photos, change your relationship status, or inform the world that you will be going on vacation, please remember that you are being watched.
Are there any other concerns that I missed?