The one thing that can be certain with technology is that as it advances, our privacy retreats. Many high tech devices are great at spying, probing and prying our daily movements and activities, and now it is easier than ever for average citizens to get into the game as well. GPS tracking technology is no different. This technology allows employers, parents and jealous ex-lovers to track our movements as easy as logging into a GPS tracking system, and as affordable as a monthly cable bill. As an individual, how do you get your privacy back? There are 2 effective ways of taking yourself off of the GPS radar grid.
1. Purchase a GPS Jamming Device
GPS Jamming devices work off of the concept that if the signal can’t reach the GPS tracking device, then no tracking can take place. GPS Jamming devices work by sending out a stronger localized signal that effectively blocks the incoming tracking data so the tracking device can’t see the signal to be able to store the coordinates into the device. No tracking information is then recorded in the device because there is nothing to record. GPS jamming devices work within a small area and are effective in vehicles in jamming the signal to the vehicle’s tracking device, or they can be used on your person to jam any GPS device you are carrying (such as a cell phone).
The major issue with these devices is that many localities ban the sale of these devices because they are transmitting signals at frequencies that the FCC doesn’t like. Even though these devices are only effective at a short distance, owning these devices is still prohibited. It is similar to having radar detecting equipment in localities that have made it illegal. You can find places online willing to sell these jamming devices to anyone willing to take the risk of getting caught with one.
2. Use Good Old Fashioned Technology
Another way to jam GPS signals is to use good old-fashioned technology… metal foil. If you can find the wires in the GPS tracking device, you can wrap the wires in a metal foil (aluminium foil or some other type of metal foil) and you will be able to block much of the signal coming into the device. The issue is that you have to know where the GPS tracking device is and you have to know where the antennae wires are on the device. If the device is in some hidden part of the automobile, you may have some digging to do in order to find it, and it may be difficult to encase the wires in foil.
Unfortunately, the ways in which you regain your privacy when it comes to being tracked through GPS tracking device. Even though your options may be limited, they are effective. The solution you use to keep your privacy may be determined by where you live and the local laws in your area.
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