BEWARE FELLOW INSTAGRAM USERS. YOU MIGHT BE UNKNOWINGLY LETTING OTHER PEOPLE KNOW YOUR EXACT HOME ADDRESS.
I was browsing through my Instagram and clicked on my Photo Map, a feature which, with all honesty, I don’t often explore. Instagram’s Photo Map is self-explanatory. When you’re about to post photos on your Instagram, you get the option of tagging that photo’s location which instantly would be added to a map which other people can browse through depending on your privacy options. If you’ve set your account to private, only friends you’ve accepted can view your photo map but for some of us (me included) whose settings is set on public, virtually anyone can access this map.
Sure. What’s wrong with that? Actually, there is nothing wrong with flaunting the places you’ve traveled to but you may unknowingly have been telling the world your exact home address by geotagging the photos you took at home – home selfies included. I was quite surprised by the accuracy of the geotagging option of Instagram because it’s able to pinpoint the exact location of where I took the photo – including my exact house address because the geotagging option can tag your photos up to the street level on the map.
Hurray for stalkers! You’ve managed to just give away a vital information unknowingly. What’s worse is a number of other third-party apps/websites tap on this instagram geotagging feature so your photos are not just available on users of instagram but also available to others who are not using the instagram interface such as those on Worldcam and Mapstagram among others.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to deduce which among the many locations is your home address or the place where you are frequently seen. Most of my pictures where taken at home hence a majority of my pictures where geotagged to just one location: my house.
You can go and check it our yourself. I browsed a couple of my friends’ instagrams and realized I can actually gatecrash their homes/offices by the number of photos geotagged in one location. Realizing this, I immediately untagged five of my photos because they just gave away where I lived.
You can easily do this yourself. Go to your photo map and browse through your photos. Once you’ve seen photos tagged in locations you don’t want others to know, click on the right upperhand corner and choose edit. From there, you can choose to untag photos. Remember though that untagging a photo’s geolocation is permanent.
Go ahead. Untag your photos. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
View Instagram’s FAQ on the use of Photo Map here.