Security Breach Dealers/Collectors

SECURITY BREACH

(Dealers/Collectors)

How you could be giving away your exact location to criminals with a simple photograph. Shooting simple photos from your smart phone or personal camera can lead criminals right to your location… with pinpoint accuracy using GPS satellites.

Your smart phone or digital camera nowadays comes equipped with what’s called gps geo tagging. GPS Geo tagging is the ability to record exact location coordinates from a photo taken on a smart phone or digital camera, to help you remember where you were when you shot the photo.

When geo-tagged photos are uploaded to online sharing communities such as, Facebook, Flickr, and many others, the photo can be placed onto a map to view the location the photo was taken. In this way, users can browse photos from a map, search for photos from a given area, and find related photos of the same place from other users.

Many smartphones automatically geo-tag their photos by default, Users who prefer not to reveal their location should turn this feature off.

Scenarios;

  • You just purchased coins to complete your collection or add to your inventory. You bring them home or to your office and take photos to share with your social media friends or fellow dealers, Your Smartphone or camera automatically embeds GPS coordinates by default in the photo unless you manually disable this function. If not disabled, the criminal knows exactly where you took the photos (your home or office).

    All photos taken from your smartphone or digital camera can lead a criminal within feet of your location.

    Every photograph you take can lead criminal’s right to your doorstep if geo tagging has been enabled on your phone.

  • While looking at a potential collection to buy at a person’s home or business and you upload a photo to a social media site while there a criminal can find your location and the location of the collection.

” If you take a photo and upload to facebook then I can find your location wherever you are”. UNLESS SPECIFIC PRECAUTIONS ARE TAKEN!!!

This is a very real threat to your safety and the safety of others.

For any help with this please contact our Computer Crime Analyst, Bryan Davis at Bryan@numismaticcrimes.org

Doug Davis

Founder/President