I've posted before about the dangers of publishing your current or future geographical location on Facebook, but here is an excellent example of why we need to be careful with all online social media. These folks didn't even realize their photos were being automatically geotagged on Twitter, and were nearly robbed because of it.
Online social media such as Facebook and Twitter don't ask permission to publish your personal information, they ask forgiveness after the fact, and provide an option to turn off that particular feature. But be watchful: often there is another similar feature within a few months that you have to go in and disable again!
Stay safe, Columbia, SC!
Seems when of my past buyers almost got robbed recently and it looks like it maybe all do to their iPhone and their iPhone camera. Now, they were very careful not to ever use FourSquare at home and they never published their address anywhere. The fact is everything they had via mail went to a PO Box at the local post office.
But, what they didn’t realize was every picture they took with their iPhone that the uploaded was Geotagged and gave the exact location of the photo. So, when someone started watching Twitter and saw they were out and looked at their other pictures, they figured out exactly where they lived by the pictures from inside their home that now gave the exact location on Google.com.
Lucky for them, their neighbor spotted something was unusual and nothing was taken, but a window was damaged and the security and peace of mind have been violated. So, please be careful when taking your pictures on your phone and might I suggest you turn off auto-Geotagging.
Todd Clark and the Friendly Home Team
Todd Clark is a licensed Realtor who specializing in Washington County, Oregon and also works both Clackamas and Multnomah Counties including the cities of Aloha, Beaverton, Canby, Clackamas, Gladstone, Gresham, Happy Valley, Hillsboro, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Sherwood and Tigard.
All information contained in these posts is copyrighted and cannot be used without prior written approval authorization from the author. If you are looking for an outstanding agent please give Todd Clark a call he would love to help you in all your real estate needs.
What if there was a way you could search the MLS for FREE just like Realtors do?
Now you can access the MLS using similar tools as Realtors. You are in control of what you want to search for, and you can search the MLS at your leisure. The information you submit in the form below can also be used to put you on an automated system where you'll be emailed all homes that meet your search criteria. You'll get internet access to a website that includes pictures, prices, and addresses to real estate that's listed in the MLS!
Click here to start your FREE home search now