How to Prevent Geotagging on Android and iOS

Removing EXIF is a really good idea. As a survivor of cyber stalking and harassment, I can’t stress this enough. I highly recommend that you prevent geolocation data from ever being stored in your images in the first place by turning it off in Android and iOS.

In Android, open the Camera app and tap the round circle to the right of the shutter button, and from the resulting menu, tap the “Settings” icon.

In the settings menu tap the “Location” button. The geolocation should be disabled. The icon overlaid on the options button should show this. If you’re using the newer Camera app like the one in Android 5.0 Lollipop, just swipe right to expose the options and tap the “Settings” gear (it will be on the bottom-right in portrait mode). From this settings screen, turn off the “save location” option. I recommend that you check to make sure that the location option is off before you start taking and sharing your photos.

On an iOS device, open your settings and tap the “Privacy” controls. In Privacy, tap the “Location Services” button. The location services allows you to completely turn everything off at one time, or you can adjust apps and features individually. I recommend that. Otherwise, you can tap “Camera”  and adjust them individually. In the Camera location settings, tap or make sure “Never” is selected.

The Camera will not record GPS coordinates in your photo’s EXIF metadata. If you don’t remove or disable this information from your photos, you will be sharing more information than you realize. This information can reveal a lot of information about you. If it isn’t, then you have some options for removing all that metadata from your photos. You can definitely prevent your cameraphone from recording your location.

If you have a camera with GPS built in, I recommend that you check your manufacturer’s instruction manual to learn how to turn it off.

If you’ve never been a victim of cyber stalking and harassment, then chances are you probably don’t care about this issue. I never thought I’d have to deal with it either. Unfortunately, I didn’t know about any of this until it was too late. Prevention is always better than dealing with a situation after the fact.

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June is Internet Safety Month!

It’s Internet Safety Month!

As a social worker and survivor of cyber crime, I want to encourage you to protect your information online. I also want to help educate others on how to do the same. June is National Internet Safety Month so it’s a great time for all of us to brush up on current safety trends and practices! Here are some quick tips to get you started this month!

Quick Tips

1
Double check which apps on your smartphone need to use your location information, especially those that track location while not being used.

2
Be careful on public wifi. Public wifi connections are often less secure than your home or work. It’s best to save sensitive transactions like online banking or money transfers until you’re on a secure connection.

3
Turn off Bluetooth when not in use. This helps limit your device’s exposure to potential hacks.

For more cybersecurity tips and information about staying safer online for kids, click here!

2017 International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property Crime Conference

2017 International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property Crime Conference
28 & 29 August – New York City, U.S.A – United Nations Headquarters
Theme: Uniting Nations for the Next Decade
The 2017 International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property Crime Conference will be held on August 28 and 29 at the United Nations Headquarters located in New York City, USA. This will be the 11th annual event and it is being co-hosted by INTERPOL, U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the U.S. National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) in partnership with UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC).
This Conference has been recognized as the law enforcement “gold standard” for promoting global action against counterfeiting and piracy crimes. The event brings together an audience comprised of police, customs, prosecutors, other government agencies as well as rights holders representing a wide variety of industries.
The Conference provides a vital platform to share best practices, develop new tools and create stronger networks to advance the common purpose of combatting transnational organized IP crime, promoting safety worldwide and developing joint initiatives focused on enforcement, education and partnerships.
The registration site will be open shortly and we encourage you to visit this page for more information.
See you in New York City!

World Anti-Bullying Forum 2017: Stockholm Sweden!

World Anti-Bullying Forum 2017was amazing!!

550 delegates and speakers from all over the world attended the first World Anti-Bullying Forum May 7-9 in Stockholm, Sweden. The aim of this international and multidisciplinary conference was to broaden understanding of bullying, harassment, discrimination, and other of forms of inhumane actions and violence among children and youth. By sharing knowledge, exploring new perspectives and acknowledging that bullying and other forms of violence have to be understood as a complex interplay between individual and contextual factors we move forward and improve both the understanding and the solutions. The intention of the conference was to create multidisciplinary and cross-level dialogues, panels and meetings to improve the understanding of bullying and the work to stop and prevent it. We met our goals and expectations of the first World Anti-Bullying Forum and we look forward to exploring the possibilities of making this a bi-yearly event.

 

http://www.wabf2017.com/

International Bullying Prevention Association(IBPA) hosts an annual conference November 5-7 in Nashville!!

International Bullying Prevention Association

The International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) hosts an annual conference to bring together those working to keep our schools and communities safe from bullying. Join us Nov. 5-7 in Nashville.