Use Geofencing To Defend Your Privacy

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Use geofencing to defend your privacy and personal information.

Before we dive in to this topic let’s take a quick moment to explain what geofencing is to anyone who may be unfamiliar with the term. Think of geofencing as a virtual barrier. Instead of having a physical ‘fence’ to contain or identify a specific zone geofencing uses global positioning systems (GPS) or radio frequency identification (RFID) to define the boundaries.

Some more familiar uses of geofencing are when your retail smartphone apps alert you to special offers or sales when you’re nearby or how law enforcement use tracking devices to confirm the whereabouts of individuals on house arrest or parole. But, you can also use geofencing to protect your privacy too.

iHound uses geofencing to keep tabs on family members

If you’re a parent of small children you can set up a geofence through iHound app (available for Android and iPhone) to alert you when your child arrives or leaves school. Peace of mind to know they’re safe and instead of having to place a phone call to confirm you’re notified through your mobile device. There are myriad other ways to use this geofencing app too. Keep in mind that the iHound app is free for paid users of the iHound service.

Flickr allows geofencing on photos

One of the handy privacy features on Flickr is the ability to set-up geofencing on any photos that you upload to the service. By enabling geotagging on pictures you can group images together and then assign, or grant permission, to only the people that you want to see them. This is an added layer of privacy protection that makes it easier to share, but with only those who you trust.

Avast Anti-Theft protects phone from being stolen

The Avast Anti-Theft app for Android uses geofencing to help track stolen phones. With Avast you can remotely lock your phone to prevent access to personal data and you can activate a siren alarm that can’t be silenced if thieves get a hold of your device. In fact, if your phone is stolen and a different SIM card is inserted the phone’s new number and location can be sent to a friend’s device to notify you.

There are many ways to use geofencing to protect your privacy. Do some exploring and let us know how you’ve faired. Share your tips and suggestions with us below in the comments.

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Sarah Hartshorn is a marketing, public relations and social media professional with Vuze. She blogs about content, torrents, social media and a number of other tech topics. Sarah has been involved with traditional and digital marketing since 1998.