How to protect your identity when sending a nude image

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Revenge porn can be defined as the act of releasing nude, explicit or sexy images or videos of another person online without their consent, especially as a form of revenge or harassment.

According to South African law, revenge porn is a criminal offense. Anyone who breaks the revenge porn laws in South Africa and is found guilty of sharing or distributing revenge porn will face time behind bars or will be fined.

“If the victim can’t be identified in the content, the perpetrator could face two years in jail and/or pay a fine of up to R150 000. However, if the victim can be identified in any way, the perpetrator could spend four years in prison and/or pay up to R300 000,” Law For All reads.

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Recently, popular House music DJ Prince Kaybee - real name Kabelo Motsamai – became a victim of revenge porn when a woman named Hazel Mahazard shared an explicit image of his on Twitter to expose him for cheating on his girlfriend.

And while this became a hot topic on social media, revenge porn can happen to anyone and can lead to the victim feeling betrayed, humiliated and can have devastating effects on one's mental health. Although we cannot control the actions of others, there are ways we can protect ourselves.

Here are 4 ways to ensure that your identity is protected when sending out a nude: 

1. Hide your face

If you really want to send a saucy picture to your partner, The Washington Post recommends hiding your face so that once the photo is leaked, there is no way of tracing the picture back to you.

2. Use specific apps to share the nudes

TrueSnaps suggests using apps such as Snapchat and Instagram to share your nude pictures. This is mostly because you can limit how long the picture can be viewed before it’s deleted from the recipient’s device.

3. Crop or omit identifiable features

Similarly to hiding your face, cropping out and omitting your identifiable features such as tattoos, piercings or birthmarks can prevent your nudes from being traced back to you should they be leaked.

4. Protect your devices

Installing security software on your phone and PC to protect yourself against hackers is essential to ensuring that sensitive data such as your nudes are not stolen or leaked directly from your computer or phones.

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