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Hackers can now track photos you upload from your smartphone

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 9:18pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 9:44pm

Before uploading a picture of your kid's first day back to school, you'll want to make sure all of your privacy settings are turned on.

Hackers are now able to find your location from the pictures you upload.

Most smartphones have a GPS navigation system.

But, what a lot of people don't realize is GPS coordinates are also posted in the meta data of photos.

So, the next time you pull out your phone to take a picture of your little one on the playground

Think about this:

Your smartphone automatically locates where you are

"That data is not visible in the picture but in the meta data you can actually see the latitude and longitude coordinates fairly accurate all the way down to cross streets in some cases the data is so accurate you can actually tell which room a house or building the data was taken in," said Founder of Splash Media Chris Kraft.

Kraft says be aware of what pictures you upload from your smart phone to social media websites.

And always make sure to check your privacy settings.

"It's one of those situations where technology is outpacing some of the more common sense approaches to privacy," said Kraft.

The next time you want to take a picture, go to settings, privacy and location services and turn your camera off.

"Almost everyone likes convenience and the moment people choose convenience over security and privacy your going to find out scammers are going to take advantage of almost anybody," said Assistant Professor at UT Tyler Dr. Nary Subramanian.

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