Are your online photos putting your family, possessions, and safety at risk? They probably are, and what you see in this short video should make you think twice before uploading personal photos
Sites like Facebook and Pinterest do strip this info out, but it would probably be better to leave Geo Location tagging off on your cellphone.
It seems like just about everyone has a smart phone these days, and they’re using them to shoot photos which they share with friends and even post online so that total strangers can view them.
It’s so easy to do, most people don’t even think twice about sharing personal photos.
Social media sites encourage you to share your photos and offer free apps making it easy to do. Just one click to the shoot the photo, and another click posts it on the web for all to see.
But is it possible that posting photos this way could be putting you or your family in danger?
And could strangers use these photos as an aid to commit crimes?
The answer to both the above questions is ‘yes’.
Criminals can and actually are using photos posted on social media sites to find their next victims.
To see how they do this, check out the short video below.
As mentioned in the above video, many cell phones are set to automatically add GPS information to data stored within photos, and anyone using a simple photo viewing program can download the photo and quickly determine exactly where it was shot.
So when you share photos of your expensive collectibles, or that valuable Rembrandt painting you inherited, or your super secret treasure site, it is possible that you are giving a criminal all the information they need to take advantage of you.
If you want to protect your privacy, it can be a good idea to make sure that your cellphone or photo camera isn’t adding GPS info to the photos you share online.
To do this, start the camera application on your cell phone. Then choose ‘menu’, then ‘settings’.
Then look for an option like ‘geo-tag’, ‘geo-location’, ‘store location’, and set it to off. Then choose ‘save’ or ‘done’.
This should prevent GPS data from being stored in your photos.
By the way, if your photos do have GPS info attached to them, you can strip it out by using a program like Irfanview, to do a ‘save as’, and from the options uncheck ‘keep original exif data’.
This saves the photo without the EXIF and GPS data.
AN SMS and WhatsApp scam circulating in Nelson Mandela Bay has already duped at least three people who between them have lost about R20 000 in recent weeks.
Eight cases of fraud linked to the scam are under investigation by various police stations across the Bay.
Fears that more residents could fall victim to the scam have prompted police to warn residents not to be conned into believing that they have won money in a lucky draw competition.
Three cases in the Uitenhage and Despatch area have been reported since the beginning of March.
And an additional five have been reported to the Gelvandale police station .
Police spokesman Warrant Officer Basil Seekoei said in all the cases the message, received via SMS or WhatsApp claimed the victims’ cellphone numbers had randomly been selected in a lucky draw.
The victims are then told to deposit money to claim their “winnings”, which vary between R300 000 and R400 000.
“Once they respond to the message it is followed by another stating that various amounts in the thousands of rands need to be deposited for their winnings to be released.
“In two cases, the victims phoned the number and spoke to an ‘agent’, who stated they had to deposit the money as soon as possible before their winnings incurred penalty costs and were forfeited.
“In one of the cases, the victim paid close to R13 000 in several separate transactions to the scam artists.”
Seekoei said this modus operandi was similar to another scam between 2010 and 2013 which saw three men each sentenced to 15 years in jail.
He said the fear of more unsuspecting residents being swindled out of money was a concern.
“At this stage, we are not sure if it is a single group or several groups conducting this scam. We can confirm, however, that efforts are under way to track and arrest these con artists.”
■ Moenie uitgaan na jou “krag-box” om te kyk wat aangaan as jou krag afgaan nie – kry eers hulp van buite af in !!
■ Moenie uitgaan om te kyk hoekom loop daar water uit jou krane of in jou tuin nie – die krane kan nie vanself oopgaan nie – kry eers hulp van buite af in !!
■ Moenie uitgaan as iemand om “hulp roep” of “gewond” by jou huis aankom nie – bel die nodige nood-eenhede soos polisie, ambulans, ens !!
■ Moet ook nie goedsmoeds vir die “polisie” oopmaak nie .. kontak jou naaste polisiestasie en bevestig eers alle details !!
■ Moenie uitstorm as jou voertuig(e) se alarm afgaan nie – daar moet ‘n (moontlik gevaarlike) rede wees daarvoor !!
■ Moenie uitstorm om te kyk hoekom jou honde dringend en aanhoudend blaf nie – daar moet ‘n (gevaarlike) rede wees daarvoor !!
■ Moenie gaan kyk hoekom “huil daar ‘n baba” by jou kamervenster of by jou hek nie – die “Suster Theresa-gevoel” kan jou lewe kos !!
■ Moenie uitgaan as klein hondjies op jou stoep of by jou voordeur neergesit word nie. Bel dan eerder jou Buurtwag, CPF of DBV om uit te kom asb. Lyk my dis die nuwe Modus Operandi deesdae. Kriminele sit klein hondjies saans naby jou huis se deure en wag vir jou om uit te kom. MOENIE daarvoor val nie!
■ Moenie reageer op “hulproep” van jou werkers in die nag nie – maak ‘n alternatiewe reeling met hulle – in mediese noodgeval byvoorbeeld, kan hulle jou bel en jy kan ambulans reel !!
■ Moenie vir “verkoops foefies” of “herstelwerk foefies” of “opname truuks” of “werk soek truuks ”val nie – as hulle nie met jou ‘n afspraak kan maak nie, dan mag hulle jou nie te siene kry nie !!
■ Moet GEEN vreemdes by of naby jou huis toelaat nie (dag of nag) .. hanteer dit altyd as ‘n moontlike roof / plaasaanval as daar vreemdes per voertuig of voet aankom – roep onmiddelik hulp van buite af in voordat hulle naby jou kom !!
■ Reel al hierdie nood-drils ook met jou bure rondom jou – praat met mekaar, al is dit 3-uur in die nag en help mekaar so beskerm teen al hierdie slinkse truuks !!
■ Kry AL die nooddienste, SAPS, CPF, Buurtwag, Plaaswag, ens. se noodnommers op julle selfone en roep ALTYD EERS hulp van BUITE af in om jou eiendom te beveilig VOOR jy self uitstorm !!
■ Ons is geregtig op privaatheid en ‘n “veilige spasie” om ons – moenie dat daardie regte binnegedring word nie – handhaaf dit baie streng !!
■ Vertrou ALTYD jou “6e sintuig”, die “stemmetjie” wat jou waarsku of “daardie gevoel” – dis gewoonlik reg !! Ons veiligheid begin by ons.
PRINT OUT AND KEEP HANDY:
“When anyone calls 10111 – or any other emergency service we often find that the operator gets the street name and address incorrect:
1. Learn to spell your street name using the following – this way SAP vans/vehicles as well as ambulances and fire trucks will be given a proper spelling of the street.
2. Make very sure that your home is CLEARLY MARKED – the numbers are all to often VERY difficult to see – also making response time longer.
A = ALPHA.
B = BRAVO.
C = CHARLIE.
D = DELTA.
E = ECHO.
F = FOXTROT.
G = GOLF.
H = HOTEL.
I = INDIA.
J = JULIET.
K = KILO.
L = LIMA.
M = MIKE.
N = NOVEMBER.
O = OSCAR.
P = PAPPA.
Q = QUEBEC.
R = ROMEO.
S = SIERRA.
T = TANGO.
U = UNIFORM.
V = VICTOR.
W = WHISKEY.
X = XRAY.
Y = YANKEE
Z = ZULU.
• ABBREVIATION TABLE •
BOLO – Be On Look Out
MVA – Motor Vehicle Accident
MBA – Motorbike Accident
PVA – Pedestrian Vehicle Accident
LMV – Light Motor Vehicle (car/taxi)
HMV – Heavy Motor Vehicle (truck/bus)
LMVA – Light Motor Vehicle Accident
HMVA – Heavy Motor Vehicle Accident
Standby – Reporting, get back to you now
Mobile / En route – On the way
EMS – Emergency Services
ETA – Estimated time of arrival
LDV – Light Duty Vehicle (Car/Bakkie)
DUI – Driving Under the Influence
ALL GOV EMS/SAPS N RESCUE SERVICES -112
ER 24 – 084 124
Netcare911 – 082911
Promed 084 517 2621
Pulsate 082 714 2446
AA Emergency Rescue – 082 16 111
AMS Help line – 080 001 2322
Ambulance & Fire Department – 10177
Medical rescue – 083 1999
Flying squad – 10111
Child line – 080 005 5555
Women abuse – 080 015 0150
Poison: 0800 334 44
Cell emergency – 112
Crime stop – 086 001 0111
Please make sure you have your local police stations number and the sector van number for emergencies you can get hold of a sector van patrolling in your area.”