Security Smarts, Removing information from photos

Discussion in 'Support' started by sunni, Oct 22, 2015.


    sunni Administrator Staff Member

    Prior to uploading on riu you can remove sensitive security information from your photos.
    Most regular cameras will displace things like time,shutter speed etc.
    However iphones and androids and other cellular devices often leave behind a GPS trail in the photos possible outing your location. It is best to remove your location so you can have peace of mind.

    Generally our users would not disclose your location nor look for it, however this simple trick will help you to have peace of mind :D

    You will need the use of a computer to upload your photos onto from your mobile device.
    Excuse my goofy looking dog .

    STEP 1:
    Open the photo , and right hand click "Properties (highlighted below)"


    STEP 2:
    Click the circled area "Remove properties & Personal Information"

    STEP 3: Click " Remove the following properties from this file" and then click "Select All" & "Okay"
    Now you're ready to upload!
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    ttystikk Well-Known Member

    I was under the impression that RIU stripped metadata from attached files? Is this not true?
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    mr sunshine

    mr sunshine Well-Known Member

    Great information, thank you sunni.
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    sunni Administrator Staff Member

    nope ive personally seen people pull metadata, to claim photoshop on peoples bud shots
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    vostok Well-Known Member

    Lots of fingerprints on here too ...ID theft is a growing biz ...my2c

    sunni Administrator Staff Member

    lets not make people more paranoid than they already are, this isnt a discussion thread its a how to.
    thats it. questions on how to will be answered here,
    dont hijack support threads please
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    dangledo Well-Known Member

    Does a screen shot on a pic contain data?
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    sunni Administrator Staff Member

    the most anyone needs to be concerned about is what i previous stated, just iphones, androids, cellular devices, they often contain a GPS location in the file data , it does take some sort of knowledge to exact these informations, but i know alot of people have asked how to do it.

    things like shutter speed, and what computer or resolution arent going to give up your personal security

    If it helps these particular photos were indeed screenshots from my computer and contained little information
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    dangledo Well-Known Member

    Duly noted.
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    vfwvn Well-Known Member

    images.jpe I like my pic... hope it works out...

    Indagrow Well-Known Member

    I ate a Baconater last night and felt very similar to that chick..pure agony
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    innerG Well-Known Member

    1. To prevent your iPhone or iPad from saving location data in photos, you can follow these simple steps:
      1. Open up the Settings app.
      2. Navigate to Privacy > Location Services.
      3. You'll see a list of apps. Tap on Camera and then select Never.

    whitebb2727 Well-Known Member

    It depends on model of phone.

    Turn location off in settings.

    Anyone concerned you can get exif viewer from the play store. It shows all data. With location off on my particular phone the GPS location is blank.

    It only shows basic info about the camera.
    Also some new regular cameras store GPS location.

    Good info sunni.

    Edit. I downloaded random pics from the site and used exif viewer and data was not there.

    ttystikk Well-Known Member

    Good to know.
    Oregon Gardener

    Oregon Gardener Well-Known Member

    Does this mean that everybody can see that I'm from Oregon? :shock:

    hyroot Well-Known Member

    There's apps that will wipe any data from the pics too. I forget what it's called. I haven't used them. I know people who do.

    hyroot Well-Known Member

    Bahahahahaha shhhh

    TerpCylia Member

    First I wondered if a screenshot would keep the metadata but it would only change the location I believe not delete the info all together. I also read that safari does it by default. Check out this site, shows you all the metadata and more.

    "During the file upload, Mobile Safari actively strips out all metadata and re-compresses the picture at a low quality. This means that the analyzers on this site will provide virtually no useful information about your picture. For example, Error Level Analysis and JPEG % will identify the resave by Safari and not the original picture. Mobile Safari also strips out the original metadata and substitutes its own, so metadata analysis will be of little use. "

    Oh and heres that APP. its called Ready Or Not?

    I opted out of the location services when I first downloaded IG because I'm paranoid by nature(I have a piece of tape on my webcam at home...).

    TerpCylia Member

    Upon further investigation I found that you can block your camera on you iphone from collecting your location all together. Which I guess I had done when I first got my phone.(I'm paranoid, did I mention that?)

    Go to:
    Settings > General > Restrictions > Location Services > Camera(or which ever app you want) and select Never.

    t3hmobster Active Member

    Do you happen know how to remove all this information on a mac?
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