Looking at My iPhone Tracking Data

I’ve followed all of the hubbub about the iPhone tracking data story, and was dying to see what my own iPhone would tell me.  I found a Windows program which would map the data for me called iPhoneTrackerWin. I’ve got to say, I’m more fascinated by what the data tells me than the whole horribleness argument. Anyone in this day and age who *doesn’t* think that they are trackable in many ways is being a little silly, IMHO.

My data seems to go back to 2010-06-25, which is, I think, when I got my iPhone 4. It’s clearly pretty accurate, with a few glitchy outliers, as to be expected, given the methodology as I’ve read about it.

Clearly visible are trips I took to Greece and Turkey (via Madrid for a plane change) and recently, Mexico. Obviously I spend most of my time in and around Boston, but I’ve also been around Seattle, San Francisco, Dallas, Tampa, Des Moines, and other place. Basically, a mirror of my TripIt trips.

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I’m thinking it would be really cool to be able to import this data into one of my new favorite sites: Tripline. I could set up a new Tripline trip with some sporty music and watch myself flying around the Northern Hemisphere!

 

More maps:

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This one has Wi-Fi tracking turned on as well:

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iPhone 3.0.1 Software Update to fix SMS Vulnerability

Those of us who use Windows computers are well used to the nearly constant security updates required to keep our software and hardware safe.  Our Apple friends are less used to it; the smaller install base (and perception of a more magnanimous corporate attitude) keeps the hackers focused on other things.

However, today Apple made available the 3.0.1 software upgrade which will fix the iPhone from being vulnerable to a hack which can leave them worthless or at least endanger them.  Some information about the vulnerability from the Industry Standard:

The SMS vulnerability allowed malicious parties to send seemingly harmless text messages to an iPhone and gain access to various function of the device – such as the camera or contacts. The user would reportedly be unaware of the intrusion.

If you’ve got an iPhone, it sounds like you should install this update as soon as you can.  I just found it available when I checked in iTunes for an update.

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