Blog Post Written By: Melrose Michaels
In a world where technology is constantly evolving, it's important to stay informed about the potential risks associated with our digital actions. For example, did you know that every time you take a picture with your phone or digital camera, you are most likely recording the exact location of that photo onto the image itself? This data stays with the photo when it gets published on your social media sites or shared with others.
The Exchangeable image file format (EXIF) data (often called metadata) includes details such as the date and time the photo was taken, the manufacturer, brand, and model number of the phone it was taken on, as well as location and camera settings. This information is automatically enabled and sometimes can't be configured. Any fan, hacker, or company with basic knowledge of metadata can extract this information from an image, potentially putting your safety and privacy at risk.
Thankfully, there are ways to remove metadata from your photos. Disabling location services for your camera can help, as well as turning off location settings within the camera app. However, other information like your camera settings, time and date, and device details may still be available.
But don't worry, there are ways to remove metadata from your content! Here's how I do it and how you can, too! The easiest way we've found to MASS remove metadata from a batch of photos using the EXIF Metadata app.($4.99/year)
This app removes the metadata, saves copies to your iPhone album, & deletes the originals that have sensitive info. (Android has a similar app)
In addition to removing EXIF data from your photos, there are other steps you can take to protect your data and privacy. Utilizing a virtual private network (VPN) can help encrypt your data as it's transmitted, preventing anyone from obtaining your IP address or viewing your activity. It's also important to stay educated about online safety, learn how to identify phishing attempts, and utilize encrypted messaging apps to keep your communications private.
How to remove metadata on Apple:
How to remove metadata on Android:
https://www.androidpolice.com/remove-change-photo-metadata-phone/ By taking these steps, you can reduce your online footprint and make yourself less of a target for the crazies and cybercriminals. Safety should always be a top priority for adult creators. So, remember to remove metadata from your photos, stack your security with encryption tools, and stay informed about how to protect your digital privacy as this space is constantly and continually evolving. To learn more, watch my YouTube video below about how to remove metadata from your photos and stay safe out there #CEOsquad!