How to protect your photos online

By admin
03 September 2014

Your child might not be a celebrity such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton or Kirsten Dunst, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still learn something from the mass-hacking of a list of celebrities’ private nude photos.

This week it emerged an anonymous hacker abused Apple’s iCloud photo-storing software for iPhones and reportedly gained access to illicit photographs of a range of celebrities.

Some of the photos circulated online, and serve as a warning to anyone who makes the mistake of thinking their photos are safe when they can be accessed online.

Here are some tips on how your kids can protect their content:

How could hackers access iCloud?

iCloud allows users to access their videos, emails, photos and other content online. If you activate iCloud it saves the content from your iPhone, iPad or MacBook and you can access it through any device with internet connection. According to reports the popular Find my iPhone function which helps you track your iPhone in the event it gets stolen was abused to access the photos, the Mail Online reports

Tips for helping your kids keep their pictures and other content safe:

-        Have a conversation about it: Talking to your kids about their online activity will open up channels for you to discuss the risks of sharing content online without sounding like you’re lecturing.

Ask them about their favourite websites, celebrities they follow and what they like about social media. You’ll gain a better understanding of their online habits and be able to give sound, accessible advice.

-        The best way to prevent nude pictures of your teenager from circulating – is to discourage them from taking them in the first place! Explain to them that what may be seen as innocent fun now can become humiliating and damaging evidence if it lands in the wrong hands.

-        Encourage your kids to be cautious when deciding which photos they share online. Any pictures that have potentially damning content are best kept on a home computer and not shared in cyber space or saved to an online storage system. If it’s not online a stranger can’t access it – they’d have to steal your computer to get to it.

-        Passwords are key: Ensure you keep a passcode on all your files, and lock your computer away.

-        Beware of public computers: A stranger who uses a computer after you can easily see which websites you visited, and re-enter them with your details if you didn’t log out properly.

-Mieke Vlok

Sources: digital-photo-secrets.com, dailymail.co.uk, forbes.com. nspcc.org.uk

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