Technology has made it easy for people to share photos with their friends and family. Photo sharing sites such as PhotoBucket, Flickr and Snapfish are becoming increasingly popular. However, such technologies present serious risks to the safety and privacy of users. So how can you protect yourself when sharing your photos online?
The first step towards protecting your privacy is through making use of available security features to limit who can see the photos. Share your photos on sites which allow people to access photos using a password or by invitation. If no password is required, search engines as well as people can easily find your family or personal pictures. To prevent this, you need to open a photo share account which will enable you to manage the people who can access your photos.
Though having captions on photos is helpful for relatives and friends, people with bad intent might use them against you. You need to make sure that captions are kept private and not open for everyone to see. When you have to write captions on photos, be careful what information you divulge. Avoid giving details such as full names, location, addresses, birthdays, account numbers, PIN numbers or social security numbers.
A general guideline is to never say something which you wouldn’t share with a total stranger. For instance, never write in a caption things like, “I can’t wait to go out of town this weekend”, “Look at my new 60-inch flat screen TV”, or “I’m home alone tonight”. With such captions, you might end up being a victim of theft. Avoid sharing information which can be used against you.
The internet has been increasingly infiltrated by child predators. Any time you share a photo of a child online, you need to exercise caution before giving away any information about them. To protect children, parents and guardians should not mention the child’s school, age, hobbies or friends. Children are normally quick to trust anyone who calls them by name. Therefore, avoid giving away their full names in photo captions.
Following these basic tips will ensure that your privacy and safety is protected as you share photos in different photo sharing sites.