CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - GPS devices are incredibly helpful. In fact, many of you have said you'll never go back to paper maps for your daily commutes about town unless you must.
Is it possible, however, that your GPS system might actually lead bad guys to you? Can GPS help crooks track you? Our Cyber Expert, Theresa Payton, says yes and offers this information and advice:
TIPS TO AVOID CYBERSTALKING, SNOOPS AND THIEVES:
1. PORTABLE GPS:
If you have a portable GPS system, stow it out of view or pop it into your pocket.
Record the serial number and keep it in a safe place.
2. ALL GPS - Installed in the car, on your phone, or portable
Never label "home" and "work" on your GPS
If your GPS system or phone offers a passcode or pin to lock the functionality, use that function
If you want to use a "home" feature, pick out your favorite local restaurant or watering hole nearby to beacon you back near your home
3. TRACKING GPS DEVICES
If you ever notice a box or wires under your car that you did not notice before, visit your nearest service station to have it checked out. It could be a loose piece of equipment or it might be possible that you are being tracked with a portable GPS device.
WORD OF THE WEEK:
The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA). This is a group that has claimed responsibility for hacking into websites when they believe the websites are not supportive of Syria's Assad regime. Some of their latest hacks have included Al JAzeera, BBC, NPR, the now famous AP hack on Twitter that claimed the President was injured in a White House bombing that made the Dow dip $135 Billion.