But if you’re sexting, it’s an added security risk for your photos to auto-sync to the cloud

But if you’re sexting, it’s an added security risk for your photos to auto-sync to the cloud

Before you send a sext, consider whether you want to include identifying details like your face, tattoos, piercings, birthmarks, decorations (like posters), and furniture. It’s more secure to leave these details out of the photo in the first place, rather than blur them later. It’s not impossible to recreate blurred portions of images.

“Making sure that one’s face is obscured, or that identifying features like tattoos, piercings, clothing, and even home furnishings are out of the frame is important because if they are covered or out of frame, they can’t be used to identify you if the image is made public,” Irwin told me.

If you use iCloud Photo Library or Google Photos, your images and videos are automatically being synced to a library in the cloud, meaning they don’t just live on your device. Under normal circumstances, syncing can be a convenience, like if you lose your phone for instance.

The feature is in part what allowed hackers to steal hundreds of nude celebrity images during the 2014 iCloud hack.

It’s also worth noting that if you have a passcode on your iPhone, the contents of your phone are encrypted and thus difficult to access without the passcode. But iCloud itself can be accessed by Apple because the company retains encryption keys for the service. Continuar leyendo «But if you’re sexting, it’s an added security risk for your photos to auto-sync to the cloud»