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Forget GPS. Hackers can pinpoint your exact location using social media

Forget GPS. Hackers can pinpoint your exact location using social media
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We know that corporations and governments want to track our exact GPS location all the time. If they know where to find us, they know what to sell to us. But if we turn off the GPS on our phones, they won't know where we are, right?

Not so fast. Researchers have discovered a way to pinpoint your location using social media. Even if you turn off all of your geotagging and location trackers on photos and social media, you can still be found with accuracy. And there's not much you can do about it.

Researchers at HRL Laboratories in Malibu, CA, found that it doesn't matter how well you cover your tracks, your friends will rat you out. It's not intentional, of course, but based on who you interact with on Twitter (namely your close friends), you can be identified.

Next page: Thankfully, the method isn't perfect. 
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