Android for the Paranoid: Fake GPS

This is the first article in a series of articles highlighting applications for security conscious users.

Today we're going to take a look at an Android application called "Fake GPS".

First, why does "Fake GPS" qualify as a security application?

Many Android applications are "location aware", meaning the application may not only find out where you are, but also report this information to the developer and advertisers, and possibly even post this information publicly.  Another serious issue is that by default Android's camera will embed your GPS location inside your photos.  This means when you post a photo online, everyone will know exactly where you are!

The solution to this problem is "Fake GPS".  When combined with the Android feature "Mock Location", this application allows you to trick your phone into thinking you're somewhere else.

The above photo appears to have been taken in Phoenix, Arizona.

And this photo appears to have been taken in Florida.

How can you see the embedded GPS coordinates?  With an EXIF viewer.

Here's the info for the first photo:

Fake GPS is very easy to use.  Simply use a scrollable/zoomable map and choose where you want the GPS coordinates to be set.  You can even go into the advanced options and have the GPS move in a random direction and speed.

So, if you're worried about someone tracking your every move with your cell phone, I highly recommend Fake GPS.

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