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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What is EXIF data?

A photo’s EXIF data holds a lot of information about your camera, and most likely where the picture was taken (GPS coordinates). So if you are sharing the images online, there’s a lot of details others can take from them. EXIF stands for Exchangeable Image File Format. Every time you take a picture with your digital camera or phone, a file (typically a JPEG) is written to your device’s storage. In addition to all the bits dedicated to the actual picture, it records a considerable amount of supplemental metadata also. Sometimes it will include time, date, camera settings, and possible copyright information. You can also add further metadata to EXIF through photo processing software.

A camera phone or digital camera with GPS capabilities can record EXIF geolocation metadata. This can be useful if you are wanting to geotag but it may allow users to see any images taken in specific locations, view where the pictures were taken on a map, and to find and follow social events.

EXIF and geotagged data also provides a lot of information about the photographer, who may or may not want to share all of the information.

 

The kick-off to summer brings increased Internet and mobile device use. STOP.THINK.CONNECT

The kick-off to summer brings increased Internet and mobile device use. NCSA has teamed up with ConnectSafely to help people of all ages to take security measures, understand the consequences of their behavior and enjoy the Internet!

“June is a great time to appreciate the warm weather and to consider how the season impacts our online lives. The Internet greatly enhances our summer experiences as we use technology to plan, enrich and share our activities,” said Michael Kaiser, NCSA’s executive director. “To support Internet Safety Month, we partnered with ConnectSafely, a leader in helping families online, and tapped their wisdom to help parents and kids learn solid online safety measures. NCSA also has some user-friendly STOP.THINK.CONNECT. tips for family travel and brides-to-be. With some smart practices, you can help protect yourself, your family and the extended online community while using the Internet with greater confidence.”

“ConnectSafely is pleased to be part of this campaign to help everyone – young and old alike ‒ have a fun and safe summer,” said Larry Magid, ConnectSafely’s CEO. “Besides ‘wear sunscreen to avoid overexposure to the sun,’ our advice this summer is to employ security tools to protect your devices and follow our simple tips to control your online exposure and minimize risks.”

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!

Girl Bullying & Empowerment National Conference in Las Vegas June 27-30!!

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For the past 10 years, the Girl Bullying Conference has brought focus to the problem of relational aggression among girls. Quite naturally, many of the field-tested interventions presented at this unique gathering encourage friendship, sisterhood and building other types of supportive relationships – hence the added emphasis on female empowerment.

Now in its 11th year, the Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference will be more accessible – with locations in Orlando and Las Vegas. This unique gathering will help counselors, principals, teachers, social workers and other professionals understand the latest research and field-tested strategies designed to address relational aggression and to build positive, supportive relationships among girls.

Featured topics include:

  • Keys to Transforming Aggressive Young People
  • How Gender Differences in the Brain Relate to Bullying
  • Proactive Prevention Strategies
  • Empowering Bystanders to Become Interveners
  • Elementary School Girl Bullying Programs
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  • What Works with Middle Schoolers
  • Using Multimedia & Drama to Prevent Bullying
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WV State Police Junior Trooper Program

Junior Trooper Program:

Junior Troopers must be age 14 – 17 and enrolled in school. They must be nominated by either a state legislator, county school superintendent, uniformed or retired member of the state police. Once nominated candidates must then submit an essay of 250 words or less on why they want to be a Junior Trooper.

The West Virginia State Police Junior Trooper Academy’s primary purpose is to provide to students, who are interested in a career in law enforcement or a related field, a hands-on view of the West Virginia State Police. Selected students will participate in activities similar to those experiences by a West Virginia State Police Cadet.

The West Virginia State Police Junior Trooper Academy is designed to familiarize students with the West Virginia State Police and the law enforcement /criminal justice community, through relevant classroom lecture and interactive, participatory programs. It is not a disciplinary, recreational or underprivileged camp.

The Junior Trooper Academy will be held at the West Virginia State Police Academy located at Institute, West Virginia, JULY 24 – JULY 28, 2017. Candidates must be between the ages of 14 and 17. Candidates must be nominated by one of the following: an employee of the WV State Police, a member of the WV Legislature, or the school superintendent of the county in which the candidate attends school. Nominees submitted by other persons will not be considered. Only one nomination may be submitted by each nominator. The candidate is required to submit a letter of request (250 words maximum) stating the reason they believe they should be selected to attend. This letter must accompany the nomination form. Nomination forms MUST be submitted by Friday, April 14, 2017. If accepted into the program, participants will be required to submit a sports physical by a physician.

West Virginia State Police , 725 Jefferson Road, South Charleston, WV 25309 (304)746-2107 fax: 746-2281