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1. Posted by dagobert0583 (Budding Member 37 posts) 3y

To let our traveling friends understand why we all have a message center

2. Posted by dagobert0583 (Budding Member 37 posts) 3y

I am a rather new member to this forum and can,t understand
"WHY DO MEMBERS STATE THE AMOUNT OF CASH THEY TRAVEL WITH"

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 3y

Why not. What are people going to do to me or others. Are they going to look for them travelling and then take their money?
I agree it's best to give not too much personal information online, but on the other hand don't exaggerate it either. Even if I give you my bank account number, there is little you can do and if things happen I am insured anyway. Same with creditcards.

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Jun-2013, at 09:11 by Utrecht ]

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 3y

In this age of mega-technology, NPR (American radio) had a story this Sunday morning about experts being able to track people by the photos they take with their phones, and then posting them on social media. Seems the photos have encrypted data that give them away?

New York Times - Web Photo Geotags

from Fieldtechnologies.com:

Did you know that GPS location data can be recorded when someone takes a picture of you?

According to the New York Times, when Adam Savage, host of the popular science program “MythBusters,” posted a picture on Twitter of his car parked in front of his house, he let his fans know much more than that he drove a Toyota Land Cruiser. Embedded in the image was a geotag, a bit of GPS data providing the longitude and latitude of where the photo was taken. Hence, he revealed exactly where he lived. And since the accompanying text was “Now it’s off to work,” potential thieves knew he would not be at home.

Geotagging is when a device such as an iPhone, Android smartphone or digital camera stores your location or geographical information, such as your GPS coordinates, within a photo or movie file (such as .jpg or .mov files). According to Wikipedia, a geotagged photograph is a photograph which is associated with a geographical location by geotagging. Geotags are useful in helping people find a wide variety of location-specific information. For example, one can find images taken near a given location by entering latitude and longitude coordinates into a suitable image search engine.

The tricky thing about geo-tags is that they are invisible to the naked eye. Geo-tags are part of the meta-data, or underlying data about the data, that accompanies each file. The problem occurs when you or someone you may know are geo-tagging your photos and then uploading them to the internet – especially social media sites like Twitter. When social media users take a picture or video and upload it to their page, they are probably transmitting far more data than they think.

Browser plug-ins and certain software programs can reveal the geotag location information of your photos and movies to anyone who wants to see it. Location information (GPS coordinates) stored inside photos can reveal your home address, work address, places you visit often, etc. Geotags can make it very easy for people – friends, family, bosses, spouses, parents – to know exactly where you are.

How to Protect Your Privacy and Disable Geotagging

iPhone – Go to Settings, General, Location Services. Here you can set which applications can access your GPS coordinates, or disable the feature entirely. If you use your GPS tracking your children’s whereabouts or to find local restaurants and services on the go – then don’t disable the features entirely.

BlackBerry – Click the camera icon, press the Menu button and choose “Options”. Set the “Geotagging” setting to “Disabled”. Save the updated settings.

Android - Open the Camera application, select “Store Location” and set it to “Off”.

Facebook – removes geotags from uploaded photos, however other social networking sites do not. Look into your privacy settings and turn off location sharing.

Your Digital Camera and Mobile Phone – Make sure to turn off the location sharing settings in your camera and mobile phone. Be extra careful if you are uploading photos to a website where strangers will see them — such as Craigslist or Ebay.

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Jun-2013, at 11:37 by Daawgon ]

5. Posted by wizzmor1977 (Full Member 160 posts) 3y

Wow, quite high paranoia if you ask me, lets not scare folk too much, this site will become alot less interesting if everybody is too scared to leave their own house.

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 3y

Quoting wizzmor1977

Wow, quite high paranoia if you ask me, lets not scare folk too much, this site will become alot less interesting if everybody is too scared to leave their own house.

LOL and Amen!

Even if official organizations or just random people can track me so what. Again: what can they do and why should they?
And also: if you got nothing to hide, you got nothing to be afraid of. Don't be careless or stupid of course, but a discussion like this has more to do with the principal involved than with objective reasons. Just don't give information about your banking accounts, passwords or whatever and there is absolute nothing to be afraid of. For most people under normal circumstances...

7. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 3y

Seems to me, it's the rich or powerful in this world who have something to hide. What would anyone want with me or my friends!

8. Posted by dagobert0583 (Budding Member 37 posts) 3y

Quoting Daawgon

Seems to me, it's the rich or powerful in this world who have something to hide. What would anyone want with me or my friends!

Im not sure if any one has heard of such a thing as a off line purchase, but what that
basically is, when you lose your card or it is lifted your card number and your signature
is used to by dinner "and do you know how they get your signature "?
"Guess what" its on the back of your card. Yes insurance will cover it but that won't help your name.
The motto is dont tell anyone anything they dont need to know.

9. Posted by Nick_ (Budding Member 13 posts) 3y

Also if you can find that backpacker who posted online, then i'm sure you could find another backpacker, who will also be carrying some form of money. Obviously people will be carrying varied amounts in different countries. But it still applies imo.

10. Posted by dagobert0583 (Budding Member 37 posts) 3y

Quoting Nick_

Also if you can find that backpacker who posted online, then i'm sure you could find another backpacker, who will also be carrying some form of money. Obviously people will be carrying varied amounts in different countries. But it still applies imo.

Nick " would you go walking through Bristol with all the gold hanging off your neck telling all how good you got it.?