According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 6 percent of adults 18 and older have sent a sexually suggestive, nude or nearly nude image to someone else by text (sext).
Congressman, Anthony Weiner’s celebrity status was part of why his sexts become viral. But, this doesn’t mean that what happened to Weiner can’t happen to you. Anytime you send a picture to someone or someone posts a picture of you on Facebook, be aware that anyone may have access to view it. Especially nowadays with advances being made in face-recognition technology, photo sharing should be more censored.
There are ways you can control exactly who receives the info you share. For Facebook, there’s the UProtectIt plug-in for Firefox or Chrome Web browsers. It enables you to authorize people to view photos you upload and revoke authorization at any time. If your thing is naughty texts, there’s TigerText, which lets you time out a text or delete it.
If you do find yourself in a situation like Weiner, there are some possible solutions.
Once a photo is posted on the Internet, he says, it’s rare for photos to pop up on more than two or three sites. On that kind of scale, you can always request that a photo be taken down from a site, says founder of Reputation.com, Michael Fertik.
There have been rare cases in which clients have a photo that has been exposed to more than 2,000 sites. Usually that’s because someone with malicious intent is actively spreading the photo. If your photo has reached these whack-a-mole proportions, with it popping up everywhere, a service like MyReputation ($129 per year) can help eradicate them.
Fertik also points out that the most likely scenarios are people inadvertently sharing a photo themselves, a friend sharing a photo or someone being in an image just because they happen to be on the scene. Of course the last doesn’t apply to naughty photos, but could for other compromising situations.
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