What can you do to prevent your photos from ending up on the web?

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Every web user is at risk of losing control of the files they share. How can you protect yourself against the possibility of private photos being leaked? Is it even possible to secure content so that it does not end up in the wrong hands? We suggest.

Photo theft becomes more and more common

With the growing popularity of the Internet as a medium, the unpleasantness associated with it has also increased. These include theft of photos or copyright infringement. These types of incidents can harm not only individuals but also companies. Many people who find various types of images on the Internet think that they can use them as they please. Nothing could be further from the truth – intellectual property is property like any other. Therefore, if you have various types of images that include private content or are intended for commercial purposes, it is worth taking care of their safety. To do this, it is worth following a few simple rules, which we will mention in this article. But first let’s ask ourselves a question – what are the risks of stealing photos?

Negative effects of photo theft

It is extremely popular when someone impersonates another person on the Internet. This type of situation is referred to as “catfishing” and usually has extremely unpleasant consequences. Other circumstances that can occur are when someone uses someone else’s intellectual property to win a contest. This is dishonest and you should do what you can to prevent this type of fraud. So how do you protect yourself from photo theft from the internet?

Methods to prevent photos from leaking online

Here are some good ideas on how to protect yourself from losing valuable data. This mainly applies to photos, but of course can work for other types of files as well.

Refrain from sending valuable photos through social media sites

While it may seem obvious, many people don’t realize how easy it is to steal a photo from a social networking site. If you share a photo through a social networking site like Facebook, even with someone you trust, you can’t be sure that sooner or later your or your friend’s account won’t be hacked. Prevention is better than cure, so let’s refrain from sending private photos, even in one-on-one conversations.

Securing your computer and accounts with complicated passwords

Quite a number of Internet users do not pay much attention to what passwords they use. As a result, it turns out that hacking into individual accounts, and consequently stealing our data, is not a big problem. It is worth taking care to use separate passwords for different accounts, as well as to care about the complexity of the support questions that can help get into our account. It is also worth not memorizing passwords on particular sites, because once someone gets access to the device on which they are memorized, we are virtually defenseless.

How to protect photos taken for commercial purposes against theft?

Since copyrights are very rarely respected on the Internet, photographers and graphic designers think about how to protect their property against theft. An easy way to do this is to add a watermark, i.e. our logo or signature, anywhere on the photo.

main photo: unsplash.com/freestocks

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