Protect your Images when posting on Social Media Sites
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 10:01AM
Joseph Rodriguez

Posting photos online is distributing information on the internet. If you think that a photo isn't going to tell a stranger anything about you, think again. A picture is truly worth a thousand words. You’re never going to know what someone is going to get out of a picture of you and your friends at the beach, park or location. They could do some research and figure out where that place is located and then continue to look into your pictures until they determine where you live. As with what you write online, you should follow the rule of leaving any pictures you wouldn’t want your mother to see away from prying eyes on your hard drive. Now this is not to scare you but to educate you on what is becoming more increasingly a transparent social society. 

The measures you take to safeguard your images depend on the site you’re posting your images on. Common sense tells us that if you don’t want people to see a certain picture, you could just not post it, but a lot of people fail to take the people who might be looking at their photos into consideration. Each site has different ways you can protect your images. When you’re dealing with social networking sites, it’s best to determine who you want to give permission to and who should be excluded. You could also make sure everything on your profile is private to people who aren’t your friends, which can safeguard against bad guys getting many other types of information. 

You will find that many people leave pictures of themselves or their family members out of the equation. This initiative only stops at the profile of the person who had the foresight to not show their face to the world. You always run the risk of having family members post several images that you would’ve rather left private.  On Facebook, people can even be alerted of these images if you’re tagged as being in them. Posting pictures should be a private affair. The world doesn’t need to know when and where you posted images of your last vacation. If you want your pictures to stay private, you should encourage family members to follow your lead and not post pictures of themselves or other family members. 

A photo collage software program can do a lot towards making the task of creating a photo collage easier, but none of these programs can save you from yourself. You need to show discretion when you’re posting photos or written information on the internet. Since information flies at such a rapid pace and there are so many people lurking in cyberspace, you never know who’s going to take your pictures and run with them. If you’re not sure whether you should post something online, the best option is to not do it. You’re not going to want to deal with the damage that comes from having to save your reputation or livelihood. 

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