I’m sure you have gotten the message from an app – “Google Maps wants to use your current location”  – but you are not sure what that means. Your smart phone has GPS built in and many apps are able to take advantage of this.  This can be good when you are lost and need directions to your destination, or to locate the closest Starbucks. This is also good when you have lost your phone and wish to locate it. However, this location service will also “geo tag” your photo with the location a picture was taken. You post this picture to Facebook and this information is embedded with the photo. If you think your secret vacation spot is still a secret after posting, you’re wrong! Many a celebrity has inadvertently given away the location of their homes this way. In addition, you might be putting children at risk by identifying their location to pedophiles.

If you have a smart phone, chances are you have activated a location app such as, Find My iPhone, or Where’s My Droid. These apps can locate your device as long as it is turned on and accessing a cellular or wifi network. However, thieves know about this and would probably disable the GSP as soon as they steal your phone.

How can you take control of your location services on your iPhone?

Go to the Settings and Select GENERAL General Settings

 

 

 

 

 

Restrictions

Scroll down and select RESTRICTIONS.
When you do this you will need to put in a 4 digit passcode. It is recommended that it NOT be the same 4 digits you use if you lock your phone.

 

 

 

Now you can see all of the apps that have access to the GPS.

Location On

You can toggle the on/off switch for the individual apps.

SCROLL down to the PRIVACY section and touch Location Services.

Again, you will see a list of Apps that are using your location. You may turn these on or off as well.

 

 

Location Services

Before you leave this screen, select DON’T ALLOW CHANGES.

Now, if your phone is lost or stolen, your Location Services cannot be easily turned off.

They will have to enter your passcode to access it.

 

Amazon.com has tutorials for other devices, like Kindles, Android and Windows phones.