The wireless industry is taking the world by storm and how we all love the convenience and flexibility it provides. Mobile phones and devices are small, easy to carry and smarter. In just seconds you can use the phone to send an email, check in with your social media accounts, deposit a check or order out dinner. Mobile devices also share your location with various entities. There are many “opt-in” apps and services that have been in use since some time in 2005.
Who is tracking you?
A lot of people do not understand that their mobile phone or device is broadcasting their location any time the power is turned on. It doesn’t matter if you are using the device to make a call or for some other reason or not; if it is on your location is being broadcast constantly. This signal can be used to track a person. Some parents have found apps that use it to track their children or employees while at work. Other beneficial uses include real time mapping help or to let you know what restaurants or businesses are in the area. But it still raises privacy concerns especially for those who do not want their location to be broadcast.
What is geo-tracking?
Geo tracking or location tracking is not a single application and it is usually combined with numerous technologies. There are basically three techniques used to locate a phone or other electronic device:
- A GPS can compare the timing of a radio signal to satellites in outerspace
- Triangulations can collect directional signals using cell phone towers
- Local area networks on using Wi-Fi can track radio signals from local transmitters
This allows mobile devices of all types to know an exact location and other details in our lives. This is a privacy issue since it tracks consumer’s behaviors and many times without our knowledge.