Identifying and Remove Metadata

Metadata is a very useful type of data that gives specific information like OS version, Application used, etc. So, metadata is a goldmine for cybercriminals as it can help tailor attacks for individuals and helps in targeted phishing.


  • Right-Click on the file and go to Properties.
  • Go to the Details tab from the top.
  • You will see all the data that someone can get from that file. To remove metadata click on Remove Properties and Personal Information from the bottom. 
  • Click OK and you will have a copy with all the metadata removed.
  • Another option is to use Document Inspector, a built-in tool for Microsoft applications, which will identify metadata and give you the option of selectively removing some or all of it.


If you’re on a Mac system, don’t worry, you’ll be able to remove photo metadata too. Unfortunately, you’ll need to use a third-party app. You can view the metadata though, by doing the following:
ImageOptim is a tool generally used for reducing image file sizes. But the app does more than compress images. It also offers a feature to remove private EXIF metadata from photos while compressing them at the same time

  • After you download and unzip the ImageOptim, open it up to get started.
  • Click ImageOptim > Preferences from the menu bar or you can select the small settings icon on the right bottom corner.
  • Select the General tab and then check the boxes under Metadata and Color Profiles. These settings will remove metadata and other details from PNG and JPEG image file formats.
  • Close the Preferences.
  • Drag a photo from its location on your Mac to the app window. You’ll see a checkmark in green next to the photo when all processes finish, which should take less than a minute depending on the compression options you use.
NOTE - This will replace the original image with the compressed and with no metadata. 
  • You can open the image in Preview to confirm that the metadata has been removed. 
  • To do that Go to Show Inspector Option (command + I).
  • You should not see EXIF or other tabs in the inspector.

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