When You Call in Sick From Work
I’m not above calling in sick from work when I’m not ill. But smartphones make it more challenging to keep up the charade. If you take a sick day to go shopping or watch the game. Turn off your location data before you post anything to social media. The last thing you need is for your Tweets about how totally sick you are to be inadvertently tagged AT&T Work.
When You’re Lying About Being Out of Town
Hey, wanna grab lunch this week? Oh, man, I can’t. I’m totally in Las Vegas right now! Really? But you just posted a status update on Facebook tagged Los Angeles. Uh, I meant I’m driving to Las Vegas right now. Yeah.
When You’re Posting a Gym Selfie
First, McDonald’s, next to the 24-Hour Fitness, still technically places you at the gym. On your Location History map doesn’t mean you shouldn’t feel bad about posting gym selfies while scarfing down a cheeseburger.
When You Want to Shop in Peace
A few weeks ago, I signed up for Target’s Cartwheel app. Whenever I get within 50 feet of a Target store. I get a bunch of annoying pop-ups about how much I can save on cleaning supplies.
When You’re on Vacation
When you go on vacation. Do you leave a sign on your door alerting would-be thieves to the presence of an empty house? No, you don’t, because that would be stupid. But is it much smarter to post photos tagged Bora Bora when your home is all alone in San Francisco?
When You’re Trying to Ditch Someone You Met on Tinder
HEY, I SAW YOU EGGED INTO TINDER THE OTHER DAY, AND YOU’RE STILL THIN 50 MIS OF MY LOCATION. THAT’S TRUTH THAT????”
When You’re Trying to Make Yourself Look Like You Have a Life
I’m totally on vacation in Europe right now. Uh, we can see that you posted that selfie from your bathroom. And you’re one of those people who give their house a cutesy Facebook check-in name.
When You’re Trying to Craft an Alibi
Doesn’t matter if that alibi is for the police, your parents, or your significant other’s. Location History map will definitely mess with your credibility.
When You’re Lying About Being Late
We’ve all told that I’m in the car right now lie. But remember, your social media accounts may be set up to automatically record your location. In which case, posting Stuck in traffic! To Twitter, while you’re checking in to the local Starbucks, could backfire.
When You Want to Avoid People
Plenty of apps out there are handy and can even save your life. They’re designed to let friends and family know where you are. But sometimes you want to be alone, you know? And that isn’t easy when your buddies can find your exact location just by opening an app.
So if you don’t want everyone to know exactly where you are. Turn off the Location setting on your Phone from now on.