Did you know your iPhone can help get you robbed? My past clients didn’t until now!

Reblogger Nicole Donaghy
Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Purpose Driven


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!


Original content by Respect Realty LLC 200311024

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.

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Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes

I haven't ever used that feature. Why would I want to tell a burgler that I may be away from home! Duh?

Nov 22, 2010 05:16 AM #1
Nicole Donaghy
Re/Max Purpose Driven - Lexington, SC
Helping Families Home in Lexington and Columbia

Lizette -- I think they were unaware of the dangers of it, as many people are.  I agree -- any of the geographical tracking features seem unsafe to me!

Nov 22, 2010 05:19 AM #2
Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

It isn't just iPhones, most smart phones have this feature... my blackberry has it, fortunately it defaulted to having it turned off.

Nov 22, 2010 05:19 AM #3
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