Internet, Networking, & Security Around the Web 5 Ways Your Naughty Pictures Might End up on the Internet Revenge photos to hacking issues: Are you sharing more than you think? by Andy O'Donnell Writer Andy O'Donnell, MA, is a former freelance contributor to Lifewire and a senior security engineer who is active in internet and network security. our editorial process Andy O'Donnell Updated on February 12, 2020 Around the Web Browsers Cloud Services Error Messages Family Tech Home Networking 5G Antivirus VPN Web Development Around the Web View More Tweet Share Email Naughty pictures are meant for private eyes. You know the ones we're talking about. As proven time and time again in the news, someone is either getting their phone hacked or getting tricked into doing something that results in private photos being shown all over the internet. Here are five ways your intimate photos might end up on the internet if you're not careful. Cultura RM / Philipp Nemenz / Getty Revenge Porn: Beware the Spiteful Ex Remember those naughty photos you let your significant other take during a passionate encounter? Guess what: They’ve got a copy of them because either they took them with their phone, or you sent them when you all were all lovey-dovey and on good terms. Now that you’ve broken up, there is always that chance that your ex could do the spiteful thing and post them online. You can go through the process of requesting they be removed from a website, but that is not always necessarily going to be successful. Thankfully, Google does accept requests for the removal of links to “revenge porn”. It's not a guarantee, though, that your photos haven't already been lifted and sent out to the Dark Web. What to do: You can read this information to learn more. Remember the Synched Photo Stream Apple and Android operating systems both have methods of allowing you to sync your photo library across multiple devices such as your phone, tablet, desktop, notebook PC, etc. Take a photo on one device and it is instantly replicated to the other devices via the cloud. What could possibly go wrong? Yep, you guessed it, that naughty pic you just took ended up on the Apple TV photo stream screensaver in the living room while Granny had paused her Netflix binge-watching session of The Crown. Yikes! Now you have some 'splaining to do. What to do: Remove the photo from your standard images folder where photos are synced and shared then place it into a private, non-shared folder on your hard drive. Be Wary of the Snapchat Screenshot Snapchat is many people's go-to app for taking quick naughty pictures and sending them to significant others. Snapchat novices might think it's safe to take revealing pics using Snapchat because the photo sort of “self-destructs” after a set time period. The problem? People can use their phone’s screenshot capability and take a capture of the photo. This capture does not self-destruct. Even if they don’t take a screen-shot they could take a picture of the screen with someone else’s phone or camera. What to do: The message here is someone can always snap a pic of a pic, nothing is truly ever gone. Treat all pics as if they were going to get out of your hands. Practice Strong Phone Security If your phone is lost or stolen, let's hope you have a good passcode on it or have enabled a feature that allows you to remotely wipe or lock it (i.e. Find My iPhone). As big of a hassle as you might think a PIN code is, it’s at least one roadblock giving thieves access to those racy pictures you snapped. Some smartphone operating systems like iOS allow for a phone to automatically self-destruct (wipe its data) after the wrong passcode is entered more than 10 times. They also allow you to remotely lock and wipe your data (if the phone can establish a connection to the cloud to receive your lock and wipe command). What to do: Keep your phone secure with a strong passcode of some sort. If you have racy pics, consider using fingerprint or facial identification recognition features available on most phones. Use Photo Privacy Apps There are various photo privacy tools available on smartphone app stores to help you protect your private photos like vault apps. Some of these tools allow you to keep a photo vault of private photos that you don’t want on your phone’s camera roll. After all, nothing is more embarrassing than showing photos to your friends and having a racy pic enter the show. Oops! What to do: Consider downloading and using an app like KeepSafe, which is available for both Android and iOS devices.