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Russian soldier caught in Ukrainian territory


As Russia denies having soldiers in Ukraine, a "selfie-addicted" (whatever the hell that means) soldier has been inadvertently showing Russian troops are in the disputed territory.

A 24-year-old Russian communications "expert" Sanya Sotkin has been posting selfies photos to Instagram, neglecting the privacy settings, and allowing the app to share the location where the photos were taken. His stroke of genius has resulted in a photomap that shows the him near Ukrainian towns in pictures he took earlier this month.

Don't Share Your Location Info

While most of us aren't on military missions in places we shouldn't be, the best way to avoid a situation like Sotkin's is to ensure the pictures you post are not geotagged with GPS data.

My friend the highly intelligent and handsome Web Guy Tom shares these steps with us, saying that before you share a photo, ensure the "Add to Photo Map" option is turned off, as illustrated below. 

If you already have added a lot of photos with Geotag information on them, you can strip them from the photo. Check out the Instagram Help page for details on how to do this.

You can also set your posts to private. To do this, go into your profile settings and select the POSTS ARE PRIVATE option. This way, the only people who have access to your feed are those you allow to see your posts. 


(H/T to The Drum)


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