It is really nice to share visuals of holiday experiences with your loved ones or the wonderful meal, which is being served before you. However, you should keep in mind, that when you upload a picture a whole lot of Metadata is transmitted. Automatically noted, apart from your login data in Instagram is, for example the date and exact time when the picture was posted. That is data that I don’t reveal gladly. Additionally, the metadata of the picture discloses the exact geographical position where the photo was taken.
You can change this with relatively simple means:
First off the radical approach (uuuh… There he comes again, the man with the aluminium helmet…): Don’t post bullshit. Honestly, in 5 minutes no one (not even you yourself) will be interested in your awesome selfie, which you shot in front of the 78th bridge pier. Posting less often means less datapoints stored. Easy right?
The next possibility lies in editing the metadata of the posted photo. This metadata is stored as EXIF data in every picture. Nice analogy to the package slip. Nobody reads one or the other. You can view and edit the EXIF data (important!) prior to posting your picture via specific onlineservices such as thexifer.net. This tool is very practical, but a little time consuming.
Then there is an app that you can use when you’re on the go, that can free your selfie of its location data. “Photo Exif Editor” is an app that you can download in the Google Play Store.
In order to permanently and easily hide your location data, it would also be enough to switch off the location services on your devices. That way there will be no geographical information in the EXIF data it’s that simple, easy and extremely effective.