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Author Topic: Smartphone Maps - security warning to watch out for  (Read 2634 times)

Online webpunter

Go to 'settings >privacy>location services>System services>frequent locations' and there is a list at the bottom of the page. If you have England, which is quite likely, click on it and you will get a map of everywhere you have been.
I can hear the sound of 'delete history' all over the UK now ;-)
Thanks for the tip about frequent locations.  Now switched off.  Location services turned off 99% of the time & i clear out maps.  In addition to the security risk with location stuff it burns through the battery life.  Learn something new on UKP most days !  Much appreciated

Offline Wowgeek

Interesting, if you don't have a list at the bottom of the page under 'history' you may have already disabled it.

Curious6705

Interesting, if you don't have a list at the bottom of the page under 'history' you may have already disabled it.

Location Services is turned on, though I have turned it off for Chrome which I use for accessing any adult content.

I've used Google Maps on it for scoping punting locations and probably played with Apple Maps as well. Locations services is turned on for both.

One thing is I almost never have Wi-Fi turned on as I have an unlimited data plan. When I'm out and about Bluetooth is always turned on as I use it with a headset. The phone has been with me to LMP for example - turned off as I entered their building and turned back on as I exited it, but there's no record of that.

Online webpunter

When I'm out and about Bluetooth is always turned on as I use it with a headset
Hopefully not when walking around, looking like a bell-end ? :)
Best to disable bluetooth if phone not turned off
You'll need to get yourself an iWatch when they come out !

Curious6705

Hopefully not when walking around, looking like a bell-end ? :)
Best to disable bluetooth if phone not turned off
You'll need to get yourself an iWatch when they come out !

To be honest - I'm not self conscious - I get my junk out at sex parties without a care - so I don't care if people think I look like a bell end!
« Last Edit: August 02, 2014, 11:57:07 AM by Curious6705 »

Offline iPad3

It doesn't matter which phone you use to make the calls, if your iPhone is with you, or in the car nearby, your history will be recorded unless you have specifically disabled it.

Go to 'settings >privacy>location services>System services>frequent locations' and there is a list at the bottom of the page. If you have England, which is quite likely, click on it and you will get a map of everywhere you have been.

I can hear the sound of 'delete history' all over the UK now ;-)

Yes indeed, I disabled location services on mine a whole back following a warning on here, a week previous I'd been to the LMP anniversary party and stayed at a hotel a few minutes walk away as a bit of a treat to myself. Both locations were logged and pretty much bang on so be warned turn em off or leave them at home unless you have a good cover story.

Offline Taggart

High five to Wowgeek for the extra info.

Mine had nothing incriminating in, but I didnt like the way the option was tucked away at the end of several menus. Sneaky.

Offline iPad3

Yes indeed, I disabled location services on mine a whole back following a warning on here, a week previous I'd been to the LMP anniversary party and stayed at a hotel a few minutes walk away as a bit of a treat to myself. Both locations were logged and pretty much bang on so be warned turn em off or leave them at home unless you have a good cover story.

Sneaky indeed, apparently the reason for having this function is that in the future you'll get adverts pop up based on your particular interests for services that are in the vicinity. So you could be wandering along with the missus enjoying the weather etc when a buzzer goes off in your pocket followed by an announcement that hardcore slut 69 is offering discount blow jobs this morning......very handy!!!

Online webpunter

Sneaky indeed, apparently the reason for having this function is that in the future you'll get adverts pop up based on your particular interests for services that are in the vicinity. So you could be wandering along with the missus enjoying the weather etc when a buzzer goes off in your pocket followed by an announcement that hardcore slut 69 is offering discount blow jobs this morning......very handy!!!
I can see all the geezers with Nokia punting phones thinking phew ! I am
Too many chances to fuck up with smart phones.  They are smarter than us - especially when we're bladdered
Can you imagine getting such a text.  I'd put it down to mates logging my phone details onto some iffy website for a laugh.  And that the next time i saw them then i'd beat the crap out of them.  And do the same to them & see how they like it.  And then finish the statement with something like 'do you ever get texts when you don't know who they're from / why you get them'.  Changes the subject.  I'd then add that i received loads of texts from PPI wankers

Offline Kimberly_C

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Interesting. I've avoiding joining social media sites because I'm concerned about privacy - not just of punting info. Every Mobile software maker seems to delight in making "sharing" as easy as possible.

This may be slightly off the exact topic, but I hope it's OK if I share this with you, as it's related and can impact a punter's security:

I had a horrifying experience when I set up a second gmail account for my working identity. I once had a second account for a non-whoring reason, and it had always been fine: log out of one gmail account and then into another. So, I set up a gmail account for my working name. I set it to display as the sender's name "Kimberly C." All seemed well enough. Then I got an email from someone that my KimberlyC account was showing my real name as the sender. That is, it said "kimberlyc@gmail, etc..." but displayed my real name as it is on my primary personal account. I freaked out and went to check the settings. All seemed copacetic: I did some sort of reset and the next email seemed OK, but then the following one reverted to showing my real name. I couldn't make it stop.

Meanwhile, I had the reverse happen in my primary/non-working account. I replied to a friend's email (I didn't open a fresh email window - I hit "reply") and he said, "What's this kimberlyC? Do you have a new email address?" Luckily, this person knows what I do, so there was no damage.

I Googled for an answer to why this was happening and found one other person citing a similar issue on some techie forum. As far as I can tell, it was a glitch and nothing to do with how I'd put my settings. There was the suggestion that this was a result of being linked via Google+. I had to disengage my primary account from Google+ and never use the KimberlyC gmail again. That does seem to have solved the problem.

I know most of you use AW or punting phones, but some guys have a second email address for when they contact prostitutes via their web sites. Please be aware that this can happen if you have two gmail accounts and are on Google+.

I tried to make that succinct and hopefully not garbled.

Offline JV547845

So, I set up a gmail account for my working name. I set it to display as the sender's name "Kimberly C." All seemed well enough. Then I got an email from someone that my KimberlyC account was showing my real name as the sender. That is, it said "kimberlyc@gmail, etc..." but displayed my real name as it is on my primary personal account.

Cheers.  To avoid that one in future I think you want to clear cookies or go into incognito mode before setting up a new gmail address and avoid using the same phone numbers and recovery email addresses.  Hopefully it's less common now google allows pseudonyms again.

Offline sam55

I'd never heard of copacetic - had to google it.  :crazy:

Offline Daffodil

I never access adult content on Safari, even though it now has a private mode, I have three other browsers including Chrome which are better for private mode. But you can't delete Safari or switch off the feature that allows it to search all your social media apps for shared links - so all web links on my 'private' Twitter account show up if I forget to delete the account completely.

Think that's using Searchlight mode - but I switched that off for email, notes and texts years back when I found it discovering embarrassing emails, even ones that had been deleted and didn't exist! When you clicked on them it couldn't find them but it somehow still stored the text and showed enough to be incriminating.

I'd recommend turning off Spotlight Search, it's in - Settings/General/Spotlight Search - tap on the little blue tick next to each app name like email to stop it searching those areas.

But somehow Maps finds every postcode even without Spotlight - Apple must have coded it in, great feature but like someone on hear said, smartphones are becoming too bloody smart!

Had the exact same problem.


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