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WARNING | Your photos may have embedded GPS info

Postby Mark » January 12th, 2012, 7:55 pm

A version of the following was posted a year ago over on our sister-forum and is also valid here...

FAO: ALL FORUM MEMBERS WHO COLLECT MILITARIA

I know many of you post images of valuable items in your personal collections such as medals, swords and other Napoleonic militaria in showcases and other threads. Please, therefore, take note of the following...

An issue has come to my attention through a forum connected to Rolex watches. It appears a member on said forum posted photos of his Rolex collection which had been taken using the camera on his iPhone. Sadly his collection was then later stolen. It has been suggested (by a US police officer to myself) that thieves may have used the photos to ascertain the home of the member. It appears (and I have checked this out myself with shocking results!) that by default iPhones and some Smartphones embed the GPS location of where the photo was taken in the picture file. By saving the file to your computer you can look at the properties of the file (right click and properties) to obtain the GPS coordinates then use Google Maps to pinpoint the location where the photo was taken. When you upload your images online this GPS information remains with the image. Apparently thieves are now known to be abusing this system.

While I would hope that this is highly unlikely to happen to members of the NWF I felt it wise to post this thread just as a warning. If you do use your iPhone or Smartphone camera to take photos of your valuable collectors items please ensure you turn the GPS tracking information off first - or better still use a digital camera!

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Re: WARNING | Your photos may have embedded GPS info

Postby PunkReaper » June 7th, 2012, 10:35 pm

Shocked at this information... So are many others on other forums . Thanks
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Re: WARNING | Your photos may have embedded GPS info

Postby Mark » June 7th, 2012, 10:42 pm

If they can find a way of taking advantage of others some people will. Like you say, its shocking!

Mark

P.S. Welcome to the forum, glad you found your way here from Twitter.
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Re: WARNING | Your photos may have embedded GPS info

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » June 8th, 2012, 8:37 am

A warm welcome to the forum!

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