Protect Your Privacy When Sharing Your JPEG Photos

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The JPEG image file format can contain metadata, and can be used maliciously.
Metadata can be added by a user, software, or a digital camera.
The information embedded into a JPEG image can contain:

- Copyright Information
- Complete original image thumbnail
- Image manipulation software used: (Photoshop, Paintshop, Corel Draw)
- Text comments
- GPS location (Global Positioning Satellite)
- Serial numbers
- Text descriptions
- Camera make and model
- Date and time
- Camera software version
- Exposure and ISO mode

Source: http://www.weddingphotographydirector...

I found this nice little freeware program for removing JPG and PNG images of unnecessary metadata. Download it here:

I tested it on a photo taken with a digital camera and here are the results:

Original image size: 3072 x 2304 File size: 1380KB (1,38MB)
I then reduced the image size to 400 x 300 and the file size dropped to 181KB.

I then ran the original image through the JPG metadata stripper before resizing
it and got the following result: 47KB. That's nearly a 4 times reduction by
just running the image through the metadata stripper first before resizing. Cool hey!

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Boomer, thanks so much for sharing that! Looks like a very cool tool :)

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Thanks Boomer....I really like being able to strip all info off an image other than what I decide should be there.
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Revelation - thanks Boomer.

I knew images contained this information but i didnt realise you could save 4 times the loading bandwidth by removing it or even that it was possible to remove it.

Thanks again - Lee.