Location privacy is an important part of staying safe. Nowadays, cell phones and all kinds of apps, can not only track your location, but share your location too. The scary part is that this can happen even without your knowledge.
What’s good about location sharing?
• If you are worried about your kids getting to and from school, it could be a good idea for them to share their location with a parent. This way, you can see exactly where they are at all times.
• Location tools help increase safety with pets as well. If your dog or cat gets out of the house or the backyard, and you have a tracking device on them, it will make it easier for you to locate their exact location.
• For convenience, it’s nice to have the “find my” app readily available in case you lose your cell phone or air pods. Simply go to the website and locate it without even having the phone.
When should you turn off location tracking?
• If someone is stalking you or you are trying to get away from an abusive situation, disable all of your location features. You can also contact law enforcement or a national helpline to be connected with local resources.
• Trust your instincts! Perpetrators try to use location tracking to control victims. If it seems like a person knows too much about you, they might be accessing your online accounts or tracking your location using a small device that can easily fit in a bag or car without being detected.