I was wondering what the general practice was people had when sharing images online. Some people are more willing to show their faces than others, but that's not entirely what I am on about.
I often find myself scouring exif data of images, mostly out of curiosity and it just appears at a click of a mouse. And often some people own interesting cameras, sometimes, you can squint at the thumbnail at find that their eyes are the wrong color, because their photo editing program doesn't update the thumbnail when saved.
Often photos are taking by people's camera-phones. And these days phones are coming with GPS (there are a few point-n-shoot as well as profesional cameras with inbuilt GPS) and geo-tagging the photos in the EXIF data. So people often then photos in their house, say of their computer desk. It geotags it at their house. Which is uploaded for all to see. As imageshack and many other image hosts don't strip out the EXIF for you.
This is meant for computery talk really, Just that people have a habbit of setting and forgetting features on geotagging on their phone without knowing that other people can see it, and how accurate as well as inaccurate it can be. Just a more or less how paranoid or extreme you are willing to take this.
And where you store it brings an interesting question, do you store it some where so you can delete it over time, or just forget about it?
I also find an increasing trend for people to be using links to facebook, saving them the hassle of re-uploading photos else where to share. As they can easily pass on the URL of jumbled numbers. But those numbers do mean something and is possible to trace back to the album and profile of the person who uploaded it.
So you may not be showing your face but you could potentially be leaking other information about yourself you may not be aware about. So what practices do you to get around this?
I use tools to automatically resize and strip the EXiF data. Where I upload it is a matter of strategy. But more often than not a unique URL on the image dump of the likes of imageshack is good enough. I don't really need a expire date on them.