Technology is meant to make life easier, safer and in some cases fun-er. Geolocation is supposed to make you save a few bucks on discounts when you \u201ccheck in\u201d at participating retail stores and gather \u201cpoints\u201d. It is also supposed to tell your friends and followers via geo-tagging that you just snapped a photo somewhere. However there is nothing \u201csafe\u201d about this technology.\n\nGeolocation can be used on a PC but is primarily used with a mobile phone. The geolocation software gets its data from your PCs IP address or your phones GPS longitude and latitude. It\u2019s actually a nifty \u201ctool\u201d and a smart use of available technologies.\n\nSome companies have even adopted the technology calling it \u201cGPS Dating\u201d for singles on the dating scene and help a person find someone local to them whenever and wherever. These same sites have photos and descriptions of the person which makes it that much easier to \u201cfind\u201d the person. I did a spot on Good Morning America here discussing the security implications of GPS Dating.\n\nWith geolocation, the value in this technology for the bad guy is to determine where you are and where you are not. They can get a full profile of your itinerary all day every day. Someone who is paying unwanted attention to you gets every address you are at when you \u201ccheck in\u201d.\n\nExtreme problems arising with these technologies as they pertain to GPS are with women in domestic violence situations when the woman heads to a shelter; the first thing the shelter does is take the battery out of the phone and\/or turn it off so the abuser doesn\u2019t show up at the shelter.\n\nThieves use geolocation to determine if you are home or not then use that data to plan a home burglary. I had a chance to appear on the CBS Early Show to discuss a gelocation site that revealed ones location away from home and its impact on personal security.\n\nStalkers who use the phones GPS are usually someone close to the victim like a family member or ex- boyfriend\/girlfriend that has the capability of turning on tracking. If you suspect your phone\u2019s GPS has been activated by the carrier then call to find out. If you don\u2019t\u2019 like the feature turned on, request it be turned off or shut it off in your phone.\n\nThe bottom line is geolocation could pose a privacy threat. Information collected through geolocation is particularly sensitive, since it can allow an adult or child to be physically contacted wherever he or she is, at any time.\n\nRobert Siciliano personal security expert to Home Security Source discussing GPS Dating Security on Good Morning America. Disclosures.