Geotagging is one hell of amazing feature if you are the one who likes sharing your travelling experience and information across your network. However, if you closely pay attention then this feature is nothing sort of amazing as it keeps tabs on your location all the time. However, from a core technology analytical standpoint, this does seem annoying and may turn out to be a grave privacy concern for users. The iOS users often take pictures with their devices that reveal their location through in-depth menu functionality called the EXIF. This functionality is about storing the latitude and longitude of where you have been and at what time you were there.
The worst part is that this feature is accurate by every means. The software is even capable of tracking down the street address to the picture taken. Additionally, after posting your pictures on your network there will be other details including the map to get directions. Now this is something alarming and uncalled for. You would never like software to publish your private information or information related to your whereabouts publically.
This shows that Geotagging is cool only when you are vacationing and it automatically sorts your pictures according to location, date and time they were clicked. The best option is to disable this feature. Here are a few easy steps that you can apply to turn off this feature of Geotagging.
Turning off Geotagging
Tap the app and you will be able to see the exact location where you last clicked the picture. You will be shocked to see that this data is retained even after days of clicking a picture. The reason being that the information is captured by an in-depth menu called EXIF data. This is neither easy to find nor is it easy for any average user to get their hands on.
Turning off this feature on your iPhone and iPad is not so simple. You will need to go in-depth menu to remove the data from within the app. Here is how it is possible:
For iOS7 device users, go to Settings and swipe up till you see a variety of options including, Notification Center, Control Centre, Do Not Disturb, General, Sounds, and Privacy
Tap on Privacy to reveal another set of options that include Location Services
Tap Location Services option with a green Slider switch that is currently turned to On, slide to turn it off as this is where all your information is captured, stored and published when you upload pictures
Now that your Geotagging feature is off there is still more to do. Whenever you are capturing pictures remember to tap the green slider adjacent to Camera. For a while the feature will nag you for tagging your pictures but then eventually it will stop. This way you are free of Geotagging feature and your privacy is restored and intact beyond the reach of miscreants. So whenever, you realize that the geotagging feature on your iOS device may be working against your privacy and data security, it is always good to turn it off and stay relaxed.
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