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Old 10-04-2011, 02:43 PM  
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Social networking sites make it easy to upload digital pictures. It?s simple. Afterward, part of the fun is reading the reactions of your friends. Unfortunately, scammers and would-be thieves are also finding opportunities via your photos.

How? Meet the Geo-Tag. Geo-Tags add geographical identification to various media such as video, SMS messages and websites but are more commonly used for Photographs. These bits of information are embedded in digital photos and tell someone where a picture was taken by providing latitude and longitude coordinates, they can also include altitude and bearing. As usual, the criminal sorts have found a way to exploit this seemingly innocent info.

Combined with photo time and date stamps, criminals can use geo-tags to find out where you live and what your daily patterns are. If your photos also reveal particularly gorgeous jewelry or stereo equipment worthy of an 80?s glam-rock band, the bad guys can use that information to, as they say, relieve you of your valuables.

Are you just supposed to stop posting your pics? Take up an Amish lifestyle? Go crawl under a rock? The answers are no, of course not, and only if you really want to.
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With a few simple tools, you can continue sharing your holiday photos with friends and family and stay safe in the process.

The main trick is to delete geo-tags from your photos before you upload them. iPhone users can install an app called deGeo. For those of you using an Android phone, Geo-Eraser eliminates location marks from your digital photos.
If your phone is equipped with GPS, it places location data in the meta tags of your digital photos. So, the same problem applies. In this situation, a program called JPEG and PNG Stripper can clear your photos of this information.

X-Pire is yet another tool you can use to protect yourself. X-Pire allows you to place an expiration date on your photos. That way, you can feel free to post your pics where you want. When their time is up, they automatically disappear from your posting while leaving your original untouched.

Of course, a little awareness goes a long way. Consider your audience before you post. If you?re receiving comments from unknown people, you may need to bump up your safety settings online. This is very simple to do on social sites such as Facebook. Doing so will hide your information and protect you from criminal types.

Let?s say you?ve handled all this, but maybe you need a way to make sure your photos don?t go missing. Here are a few ideas to help you keep your digital pics from growing legs and running off to join the circus.
How to keep ?Oops!? away from your precious digital pics
If you?re like most people, your digital pictures pile up on your computer?s hard drive. While this isn?t a problem in itself, it leaves you open to problems when your computer crashes. For those of us all too familiar with the blue screen of panic (and swearing), a few simple tactics can keep your prized photos safe and protect your household from a few choice words.

What to do? Make copies and save them in a number of different places, both at home and online. The more important your pics are, the more strategic you should try to be about making backups. Of course, this advice goes for anything you cannot replace.

Ensure that all your valuable photos are well backed up. Norton 360 automatically makes local backups onto an external hard drive. In addition, it also protects your computer from viruses and other threats.

However, having all your backups in one location won?t protect them in the event of a theft, fire or major earthquake. To fully secure your photos, you should also back them up online, using an online backup service such as Norton Online Backup. This is a great fall-back if you don?t have the Norton 360.

You should also consider copying your photos to blank DVDs and CDs (CD-R). Before you do, however, you should know that DVDs compress more information than CDs do. Smudges and imperfections can have a stronger effect on your ability to retrieve your photos from the disk. In this case, CDs are a better choice. Whatever you use, be sure to store them upright and safely away from heat and direct sunlight. Also, be sure to use CD-Rs rather than rewritable CD-RWs to avoid accidentally writing over your photos.

So, today?s takeaway is that when it comes to photos, you should take steps to protect them and protect yourself. With a few key programs, you can keep your pictures and your property safe.
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Old 10-04-2011, 04:38 PM  
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I think this has only to do with phone cameras. I don't think that a 35mm SLR digital camera, such as the only camera I use, are creating this risk. The camera I have will give date, time and whatever file name I give it, but doesn't have the ability to tag with GPS location. However, I could be wrong.
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I think this has only to do with phone cameras. I don't think that a 35mm SLR digital camera, such as the only camera I use, are creating this risk. The camera I have will give date, time and whatever file name I give it, but doesn't have the ability to tag with GPS location. However, I could be wrong.
Not sure myself so I asked Google.
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One of the guys on the TV show "Mythbusters" fell victim to a stalker this way. Posted a pic of his jeep online in front of his home and ...
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Show up to my house with out confirming you are coming over first and this is what you get to meet.



and one of these.



and worse yet one of these (SHUDDERS)
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Would that be mrsmurdoc?
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Show up at my house and about the only thing you'll wanna steal is WADDUR (and there ain't none)

just before your ankles get shredded by my 90 lbs. slobber slinging pit-bull (disguised as a 7 lbs. Chihuahua)
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Show up at my house and about the only thing you'll wanna steal is WADDUR (and there ain't none)

just before your ankles get shredded by my 90 lbs. slobber slinging pit-bull (disguised as a 7 lbs. Chihuahua)
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Yes Mrs. Murdoc is one lady you don't want to piss off. She is a wonderful women who has helped me raise my 2 children for most of their lives. But, she will tear you apart if you cross her.
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Yes Mrs. Murdoc is one lady you don't want to piss off. She is a wonderful women who has helped me raise my 2 children for most of their lives. But, she will tear you apart if you cross her.
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A four-way battle involving a man, his wife, their dog and a black bear that burst into their Pennsylvania home in pursuit of the family pet ended with all four bruised and battered and the bear still on the loose.

Wildlife officials said it's rare for a black bear to enter a home, as this one did Monday, but speculation is that the bear is a mother who feared for her cubs' safety after spotting Richard and Angela Moyer's dog in the woods. If the bear is captured, it probably will be relocated away from the rural Oliver Township area of central Pennsylvania where the attack occurred, Jerry Feaser, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, told the local ABC affiliate, WHTM TV.

According to WHTM and other media reports, the brawl began at about 3 a.m. Monday as Richard Moyer heard the pet dog, a pit bull/husky mix, barking outside. He opened the door to let the dog inside, and the bear followed. Thus began a battle that brought Angela Moyer rushing into the living room to find out what was happening.

She found her 6-foot-6, 300-pound husband on the floor, being attacked by the animal. "The bear was on him. Our dog was in the mix with them. I was like, 'This is crazy.' I just reacted," she said. "There was nothing really going through my mind other than 'Oh, my God, we got to get this bear out of here.'"

Whatever Angela Moyer did, it worked, because the bear swung around and headed for the door. But it knocked her over on the way. She ended up on the outdoor patio. Richard Moyer, despite cuts to his head, face and arms, staggered outside to find the animal attacking his wife, and he threw himself back into the fray. At that point the bear began tearing into his head.

Eventually, the bear seemed to lose interest and wandered into the woods, where it had yet to be found by Tuesday. Moyer required dozens of stitches and staples to close his head wound but was able to talk good-naturedly about the incident after returning home.

"I know what it's like to be a salmon now," he joked to reporters.
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