With Google Maps new ‘2020 Timeline Update’ feature, you can now stalk yourself with the help of location history.
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These are a few headlines giving us an insight into the world governed by science and technology. It is one’s own perspective that they consider it as a bane or boon. This could be a great amazement to someone who has no clue about how techies get access to such information. For once these headlines sway our minds, but at the same time, it makes many of us curious about the technology behind these occurrences.
Google Maps will now keep a detailed track of the user’s movements. The whole information will be recorded and will be available in the user’s location history data. With the help of this new feature, one can also view the places a person has visited. Google Maps uses mobile networks, GPS, and Wi-Fi to track a person’s location and through this, it accumulates the proper information about a person’s location.
The constant increase in technology and easy access to it is enabling many users to use it of their volition. Those who are running faster in the world of scientific advancement getting an edge over the passive ones. Data security has already turned into a big issue now. We can not choose to overlook it even if we have little to do with it.
Using satellites, Google Maps can know your locations, up to around 20 metres. The position of a nearby Wi-Fi network helps Maps interpret the location of a user. Connection to a cellular network can be accurate up to a few thousand metres. How Google maps work in our everyday life by assisting us in direction while going to a new place can be either an advantage or disadvantage to us.
Data privacy breach affects people in a bitter form unexpectedly. One such example is stalking, which has become easier through location tracking apps. There are many ways to stalk someone while sitting at home by changing a few settings manually or installing hidden apps. One simple technique to protect your privacy is to set multiple security locks and the second is to have a keen eye upon any change on display or settings.
The disadvantages must not rule over the privileges of scientific developments. When we talk about technology and its drawbacks there are a number of incidents that turns people’s lives upside down. If you don’t want to grant access to Google Maps to track you down every time you go out, just turn off location sharing. It depends upon one’s own will to remain updated when a new thing falls into his/her lap. We should not let ourselves act like a puppet on a string in the hands of techies and technology.