A retired detective went viral on social media after sharing an “important” safety tip for online dating.
The former detective warned viewers about the dangers of photo sharing on TikTok on Tuesday, going by the nickname Killer Bee Tactical, LLC (@purepower34). The video has amassed more than 2 million views and thousands of comments thanking the detective for his life-saving advice.
What is behind your photos?
The video was shot in response to another clip made by a mother with the username @persnicketybox. In this video, she shows parents how to view the location information of the iPhone photos and videos they receive from their kids.
“You download the photo to your camera roll and click the little ‘i’ [icon]”, she said. “That will give you information – when the actual photo was taken, where it was taken and even what camera was used… now I know exactly where you are son.”
According to CNET, “almost every photo” taken with an iPhone has a “batch of hidden information stored in it” called “metadata.”
“This metadata … contains descriptive information that makes each image unique. This includes creation date, camera information and settings, and your location,” CNET explained. “This information allows apps to quickly identify and organize photos. On your iPhone, you can do things like organize your photos by the date they were taken, or why iOS can create those personalized souvenir videos of you on vacation.”
While this information can be extremely “useful”, @purepower34 revealed that it can also be very dangerous in the wrong hands.
“When you go online and send photos to a stranger, you just sent them to where you were. So if you’re standing on your porch when you took the picture, that could be a problem,” he said.
“A screenshot doesn’t contain that information,” he continued. “Take a screenshot of the photo, send the screenshot.”
Many of @purepower34’s commenters thanked him for the tip, saying they “had no idea” their photos contained information about her whereabouts.
“Ugh, this is so important. boost. Had no idea,” NachoMama wrote.
“You have no idea how many lives this could save…thank you,” said Vanessa Stearns.
“Save lives out here!!!” exclaimed GotButterflies.
“Saving lives post after post! Love this person!!!” commented Apple 8675309.
Liam added: “As a security consultant I love that you have shared this information on keeping people safe, as a private investigator not so much. Keep up the great work!”
news week @purepower34 asked for a comment.
Other TikTokers going viral for sharing safety tips are a mom who shared a “clever” hack to keep kids safer outside the home, a “hands-on woman” who shared a trick for renters worried that someone could use a passkey to enter their homes without warning, and a woman who explained how to evade protesters entering a Planned Parenthood location.
https://www.newsweek.com/former-detective-shares-important-online-dating-safety-tip-video-1712280 Former detective shares ‘important’ safety tip for online dating in viral video