This video reveals how simple it’s to search out your location by way of a photograph

We’ve already seen an instance of somebody figuring out one other particular person’s location by way of catchlights of their selfies. Whereas it sounds virtually like science fiction, it’s very actual, and terrifyingly easy. On this video, RAINBOLT reveals you simply how simple it may be to pinpoint somebody’s location from their photograph. In some circumstances, you might solely want a couple of minutes to do it!

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For demonstration, Rainbolt makes use of the album cowl of the artist Jack Harlow. He notes that it’s filled with clues, however requires some prior data. After scanning the photograph a bit, and performing some Web search, the YouTuber was in a position to find a selected place inside 5 minutes. “This course of may not be essentially the most environment friendly, but it surely’s how I’d do it,” he notes. He provides that this a enjoyable studying course of, and “not a treasure hunt,” urging you to at all times use the data responsibly.

Rainbolt is a GeoGuessr participant, and I’ve actually heard about it for the primary time. It’s a geography sport that drops you someplace on the earth in a avenue view panorama, and your mission is to search out clues and guess your location on the world map. So, Rainbolt notes that that is an “academic train” he makes use of for demonstrating the method, not a step-by-step tutorial.

Whereas this isn’t one thing to make use of irresponsibly and maliciously, I additionally see it as a warning to be conscious of what you reveal in your social media images, particularly in case your profiles are public. We’ve seen circumstances of individuals having their useful sport tickets stolen by way of Instagram posts. There was additionally the stalking case I discussed above, guessing a pop star’s location from catchlights. Japanese researchers even warned that somebody might steal your fingerprints from flashing a “V” check in images. I don’t suppose all of this could make you paranoid, that’s the opposite finish of the spectrum. However simply bear in mind to be conscious when posting images to social media.

[via Laughing Squid]