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Many “smart phones” and cameras have programs in them that imbed GPS coordinates which tells the exact location of where a picture was taken. It is so accurate, it can tell anyone you send this picture to within a few feet.

Tracking people via cell phone photos is called geotagging. The picture you post on Craig’s List, Facebook, or Twitter, will allow anyone access to the location the picture was taken. You could be directing a stalker right to your home address. Some of the most widely used phones with this geotagging imbedded in them are the Apple Iphone, Blackberry and the PalmPre Phones. You can disable or take out this feature of the phone. Go to your phone’s menu and select Options, advanced options, GPS, press the menu key select disable GPS and select yes to confirm. This will disable all GPS capabilities on the phone.

Each phone might have a variation of disabling the GPS capabilities so go to your phone’s manual for instructions as to how to do it. If you have problems disabling the GPS function, call your provider for help.

For a more indepth discussion on geotagging, check out this site.


Posted on March 1st, 2011 at 05:24 by Alex Smith in Cell Phone Information,Home Safety,Home Security - Comments (2)

People have been getting calls supposedly representing AT&T Telephone Company. They are telling the person answering the phone they are conducting a test of the line. Then they ask the individual to press 90# to complete the test.

These calls are not from any telephone company. In fact, most are originating from prison lines.

By pressing 90# you are enabling the person calling you access to your telephone account. Now this person has free reign to make any call he wants anywhere in the world.

This scam has been confirmed by AT&T as well as verizon telephone company’s. If you get one of these calls do not press 90#. Hang up and contact your telephone supplier immediately.


Posted on February 6th, 2011 at 06:45 by Alex Smith in Cell Phone Information,Identity theft,telephone safety,Uncategorized - Comments (0)

Be cautious responding to any phone call or emails from Area Code 809, 284, or 876. There have been many scams connected with these area codes.

Here’s how it works. You get an email or call from one of these area codes saying sorry I missed your call. Or they might tell you that some relative of yours is sick or in trouble. No matter what the call or email it is designed to get you to return a call connected to an “international” phone number the results of which you will be billed an exuberant rate and billed as such. (has been reported to be as much as $25 per minute)

Unfortunately there’s not much you can do because these are legal charges for the country that they are operating in. Most of them are in the Dominican Republic, Canada or a Caribbean country. They don’t have to comply with United states Laws regarding such calls. The bad thing about these calls is that you probably will not realize the costs of these calls until you get your telephone bill.

Never return calls to any unfamiliar number or person. You can call the directory assistance operator to get information on any suspicious call you may have recieved. They can check the area code location of the call.

Carefully read your telephone bill when you receive it. Check all charges and any fees that might be connected with any charges listed on your bill.

If you feel you have been scamed contact the carrier the charge was originated from. The name and phone number should be printed on your bill. Often the charge can be resolved by simple phone call. If the carrier refuses to resolve the charges then call your carrier or ATT&T. ATT&T will work with your carrier to try to cancel any fraudulent charge and help remove it from your bill.

ATT&T has been working hard to eliminate these scams for some time now. You may also file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission and give them the information to look into your situation.


(1) In an emergency You can access a worldwide Emergency Number by simply dialing 112. You can do this even if you are out of your call area and if your keypad is locked. It will pick up another carrier if yours is unavailable in an emergency.

(2) If your car has a keyless entry sytem and you lock your keys in the car, your car doors can be unlocked if you call someone at your home. Have them call your cell phone and press the unlock button of your spare set near the headset at home. Hold your cell phone at least a foot from your car door as the signal is being sent via your cell phone. It will activate your keyless system to unlock your door. This will save you an emergency assistance cost by not having to call a locksmith or service company as well as saving you time.

(3)If you have a low battery in your phone, press the keys *3370#. This will restart your phone with a reserve power and can show an increase of 50% in battery power. This reserve will recharge when you recharge your phone.

(4) What to do if your cell phone is stolen and you need to disable it. Write down your phone’s serial number by keying in the following digits onyour phone: *#06#. This will show a 15 digit number assigned only to your phone. Write this number down and keep it in a safe place. If your phone gets stolen, call your provider and give them this number. They can block the phone even if the person with your phone changes the SIM card. It will no longer be good to anyone. They can’t use it or sell it. If everyone did this there would be no point in someone stealing a cell phone.

(5) If you dial 411 to get a phone number it could cost you anywhere from a $1.oo to $1.75. This is a hidden cost your provider rarely tells anyone about. If you dial 800free411 or (800 373-411), you can get the phone number you want FREE. You can program this into your phone for future use.

For more information on free services, click here.


Posted on January 25th, 2008 at 16:32 by Alex Smith in Cell Phone Information - Comments (0)

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