Many modern digital cameras come with geotagging capabilities. What does that mean? It basically means that the location the photo was taken is added to the photo. This metadata is then used by some applications, for instance to sort photos based on location.
The problem with geotagging is that the information can be read by anyone. If you upload a geotagged photo to the Internet then anyone with the ability to view the photo can check the location the photo was taken.
While that often is not a problem, some users may want to avoid this from happening because of privacy concerns. In addition, there is a chance that criminals exploit the photo information as well, either to find out that you are on holiday currently and not at home, or to locate you or the people on the photo in the world.
Geotag Security is a free software program for Windows that can remove geotags from photos. The program displays a simple wizard that walks the user through the removal of geotags in selected photos.
It starts with the selection of a folder that contains photos and images that should be processed by the software program.
The program scans the folder for images and displays the number of photos found, the files with secure geotags and the files with non-secure geotags that have been secured by Geotag Security. Subfolders are automatically included in the scan.
A log is displayed that displays scan and photo processing information. The log displays a list of all scans performed by the program.
The next window is only available for users who have purchased Geotag Security Pro. The commercial version can monitor folders for new photos to process them automatically.
Users who want to download Geotag Security can download the program at the developer website. (via)
Update: The website the program was posted on is no longer available. We have uploaded the latest version of the geotagging checker to our own server. You can download the program with a click on the following link: [Download not found]Advertisement
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