Hello people! Recently I've read an article about location based apps like Girls Around Me which can share my location without even notifying me. How can I prevent that from happening?
asked Apr 20 '12 at 05:26
Location-based apps are spreading very fast these days. Many of them might be quite useful or entertaining, but some of them might become not as good as you want them to be, transforming into creepy apps which might be used by voyeuristic guys with bad intentions, like the Girls Around Me app you have mentioned.
In fact, Girls Around Me app used Foursquare check-ins along with Facebook data for boys to be able to effortlessly track girls around them, but the purpose of that tracking was unclear. The website of that app had a slogan that hints on the usage of Girls Around Me app with the goal of either find your love or one night stand.
Although Foursquare pulled its API access and Girls Around Me app has ended its existence, there are many other apps which may become creepy. The app called Color can expose your photos from social media into the hands of any stranger, even those you don't want to be shared. Another app, Find My Phone, may be used by any of your ex-partner in very abusive way.
Or you can use, let's say, app to find the nearest restaurant to have a dinner date in it. The app will use the GPS tracking module of your smartphone to perform such service to you but it can also share your location data with third-party company that will place location-based ads which might really annoy you, constantly popping up at your smartphone.
This list can be continued almost endlessly so you probably want to have some kind of protection for your smartphone. To do that you need to stop location-based apps from sharing your location without notifying you about it and you will be sure that your privacy is absolutely safe from rude intrusions.