POSTED: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 1:35pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 3:20pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — Who thought posting pictures of your child's birthday party online from your smartphone would pose a potential threat to your family?
A new frightening technology, used by hackers, can allow them to track your geographic location of the posted pictures, down to the specific area of the park you and your child play at.
Hackers can track down your location on the web and find your home address, the school you or your children attend, your place of work or any place you visit.
With one click of the mouse, online predators can can access multiple online media sites and search to find exactly where your pictures were taken
Smartphones leave an invisible locator trail of all the information you access on the web.
Potential hackers access websites such as icanstalku.com and repost pictures that people upload online without their knowledge. When doing this they can translate the photos address to the picture.
You can disable this geo-tag service function on your smartphone by going to the "Settings" section of your phone and turning off the location services for your pictures.
So, before you post your pictures online, make sure you take all precautions to assure your privacy is not violated.