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The ONLY sure way to secure your private information online is to KEEP IT OFFLINE.

Seems partially right, but also seems to mix up location services and location sharing.

Online !== Private

Online privacy is an illusion at best. This is just a simple fact of using the Internet as we know it.

Some tools, a number of which I run, can help limit exposure and block many of the pesky/invasive adds. However in the end there is still enough information leaked in one way or another that you are never truly protected.

Even when you don't share your location sites can still do geolocation using your IP. Sure it may not be as accurate but is often enough for what they are looking for. VPN's may obfuscate your location but does nothing about any tracking cookies or other pieces of information that may also help identify you and or where you are coming from.

If you are using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google services (search engine included) in any way, use a smart phone at all, or join any of hundreds of sites then you are being tracked in multiple ways. This then means that in one way or another your privacy is also negatively impacted. The same is true when offline through all those loyalty programs, credit cards, bank car... show more

@Troy Schultz while what you write is true that is not the point the article is making. The article is not about sites having your location data or obtaining it somehow, it's about third parties (in this case particularly burglars, stalkers and the like) gathering information people share publicly for their activities.

Hence my point above that locations services and location sharing are two different things.

The way I see it, if you're posting it for the world to see, don't be so shocked when the world (burglars, stalkers, ex's, currents, etc.) stumble upon it...don't cry foul when your wife leaves you because you posted about your affair and she found it...