Protecting your privacy on social media


CHAMPAIGN -- The photos on your smart phone may not be as private as you think.  Information you share with your friends shares a lot more to the cyberworld.

The photos and statuses shared on social media websites can be made public information.

John McAfee, founder of the McAfee anti-virus software, Was wanted in connection to a murder.  But security experts were able to track his exact location in Guatemala from GPS information attached to a posted photo.

Champaign forensic security expert John Bambenek told WAND it is a warning for consumers.

"A lot of these new technologies do come with privacy risks," Bambenek said. "At the end of the day, the consumer is left to protect their own privacy because no one's going to do it for them."

You can disable most information by double checking the privacy settings on your phone and other social media sites you use.

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