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How to store your nudes safely

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Talking (and sending) a live-in partner can be a spicy part of your relationship, a valuable aspect of your relationship with a long-distance partner, a fun new way to engage in a date, or, honestly, just One hot thing you want to do for yourself. However, if you’re taking on more nudities, you might be wondering what’s the best way to keep them safe from prying eyes.

While the celebrity iCloud nude photo leak shook the nude ecosystem more than half a decade ago, the fear that something similar could arise has not been completely dispelled. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to safely store nudity and keep your sexy photos where they belong — with you.

Keeping Socks Safe on iPhone and iOS

If you use Apple products, the good news is that they are already quite secure. “Apple has done a great job… creating a very secure consumer device,” said Patrick Wardle, creator and founder of Objective-C, a source of free open-source tools for Mac users, and a former NSA hacker. Told. ,[If] You’re an average hacker, you don’t have the ability to hack iPhones.”

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That being said, it is not completely impossible. There are a few easy steps you can take to make sure their photo library is as secure as possible. Wardle likens the hacking to home-picking robbers. They’re not going to the back of the house with the alarm system, they’re going to the back of the house with the back door. The same is true for hackers: They’re going after less-than-secure devices.

Step one is to install the latest iOS update. “There are a lot of fixes and patches for security vulnerabilities in those updates,” Wardle said. It is possible for someone to reverse engineer the update to see what was patched and use those vulnerabilities to target people who have not installed the update.

The second step is what many people have already said, but you might not have implemented it yet: Use a unique password for each account.

“Many times hackers will hack into other companies and gain access to a large number of accounts, and then depending on the accounts they try to use the passwords [to hack] other accounts,” Wardley said. This has been seen several times, and Wardley referred to the 2013 Adobe hack as an example.

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Keeping sexes safely stored. credit: Bob Al-Green / Mashable

In addition to using unique passwords (and password managers can help with that), Wardle also suggests turning on two-factor authentication whenever possible, such as with your iCloud Drive. “It’s an extra layer of security that will make it more difficult to hack your device and your account,” Wardle said, “so opportunistic hackers are basically going to move forward.”

It’s also a good idea to have a passcode on your phone too, just in case.

Talking about the cloud: Wardle prefers the practice of keeping files—especially sensitive files like noods—on your phone or iPad as opposed to leaving them in the cloud. That doesn’t mean the cloud isn’t secure, but having files in one place instead of two “reduces the attack surface,” according to Wardle.

Then there are photo storage apps. The apps you download from the App Store are usually safe because they are tested by Apple, but Wardle gives you careful and prudent advice. See who made it, what they are doing with the information and data. Once you give an application access to your private photos, Wardle said they can do anything they want with them.

Wardle said, “There’s nothing to stop an app that claims to provide some fancy filters for your images from copying all of your images and sending them to a remote server — who knows what’s going on.” Is.” This is not the case with large apps like Facebook, Google Photos and Instagram (which have been scrutinized by security researchers), but smaller apps with more questionable origins.

“There is nothing to stop an app that claims to provide some fancy filters to your images from copying all of your images”

Also check if the app has end-to-end encryption. In short, end-to-end encryption means that only the sender and recipient can decrypt and read the content. Wardle used the example of iMessage: the message goes through Apple’s servers but if the servers are hacked, hackers cannot read the message. Even Apple will not be able to read the message.

For those wondering, don’t worry: Snapchat has had end-to-end encryption since 2018.

And if you store your naked space on a Mac, there’s even more security: You can encrypt files and folders that are protected with an additional password. “So even if your system is hacked or someone you know has access to your laptop … that specific folder probably has more sensitive content and images protected with an extra layer of security,” says Wardle he said.

Third-party Photo Vault apps claim to perform similar functions for the iPhone, but Wardle warns users to be wary of people who access your photos. “I don’t recommend just exiting the App Store and downloading the first FileVault app that pops up,” he said. Do your research, and don’t get bogged down on potential costs. “You often get what you pay for,” Wardle said.

The most likely scenario of a nude photo leak isn’t a hacker, though: it’s someone who has photos that break the sender’s trust—essentially, revenge porn. Should this happen to you, here’s what you can do.

Android and PC

Neil Kittelson, CEO of Encrypt and former senior executive in the NSA’s Cyber ​​Security Directorate, shares tips for Android and PC devices.

First, encrypt your device. “A four-digit passcode really isn’t enough to keep curious people out of your device,” Kittelson said. “Use a strong passcode or biometrics to secure your device.”

When you are not using your phone or tablet, do not leave it open. Instead, set your sleep mode and screen lock and set the power button to autolock. “It’s your only protection if someone tries to take your unlocked phone out of your hands,” Kittelson said.

Next, install Find My Device. Not only will the app help you recover your device, but it will also allow you to remotely wipe it as long as it’s connected to the Internet, according to Kittleson.

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In addition to encrypting your actual device, Kittleson recommends you encrypt your photos. He explained that the Department of Defense uses specific cryptographic algorithms, and what they use to protect the privacy of data, is called AES 256. “When you want to encrypt photos on your device, look for applications that use AES 256 encryption,” he advised. “Also, make sure you trust the developer implementing the cryptography.”

The two main ways cryptographic products are reviewed are by government bodies that ensure that these products meet their requirements, and by open source. Kittelson explained the difference: “Usually government bodies use published specifications that comply with international norms and use independent laboratories to validate cryptography,” he said. “If the product is open source, it means that anyone can view the code to ensure that no mistakes (intentionally or unintentionally) were made in the implementation of the code.”

Here are the options for encrypting with Kittleson:

One. PC: There are some good options for encrypting files on Windows 10. If you’re using the Pro, Enterprise, or Education editions, you have both Full Disk Encryption and File Encryption directly on your desktop. Just right click on the file, select properties, on the General tab select Advanced Attributes screen and check the box to encrypt the contents. This works for files or entire folders. If you’re using Win10 Home Edition, you can upgrade to Pro for $99. It may be worth it to protect your most sensitive files.

b. There are also free options. 7zip is a free and open source folder and file encryption software that has been widely deployed around the world. It uses AES 256 by default and if you encrypt the entire folder where your files are stored, filenames without a password are not even visible.

C. Android: On your Android device, in addition to using the default encryption, there are Photo Vault apps that allow you to hide your sensitive files and add an extra layer of encryption to them. When choosing one, look for a trusted developer who is using AES256 to encrypt the files. As always, use a strong password that you haven’t used anywhere else.

Like Wardle, Kittelson wants you to be wary of storing sensitive photos in the cloud. Once it got there, Kittleson said, you have no control over it.

Finally, Kittleson recommends that you remove the EXIF ​​data from your photos (EXIF stands for Interchangeable Image File Format). “Every photo you take has tags that describe where you were, what kind of camera was used, what time the photo was taken… that’s how social media apps know how to tag our location. are,” Kittelson explained. “If you’re sensitive to photos tagging your home as the location where it was taken, even cropping your face will protect your privacy if it leaks.”

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Thankfully, deleting EXIF ​​data on Windows is easy, according to Kittelson: Right click the file, choose Details, and at the bottom of the tab there’s an option to “Remove Properties and Personal Information.”

On Android devices, you’ll need to install a third party app to do this or you can turn off “Store location data” for all photos. “Keep in mind that this only works for photos you take after changing the setting,” Kittelson said. Be careful with the apps you allow access to your Camera Roll though. This is where a photo vault app can be helpful.

Like storing your files in the cloud, once you share a photo, you no longer have control over it. Even if you delete a picture, it will go into a recoverable cache. “If you share them, it’s almost impossible to prevent other people from keeping your photos,” Kittelson said. “People can take screenshots of photos or even use other cameras to take photos of digital photos.”

That being said, revenge porn is the culprit’s fault, not the victim’s.

When it comes to preventing a nude photo from falling into the wrong hands, the less you place it, the better. There’s always a non-zero risk of a leak, but these tips can give peace of mind, everyday—naked and beyond.

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