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Photos on Facebook

Photos on Facebook

I am one of those mothers who will upload photos of their child at least once a day. Some people feel bothered, some really like it. I personally post my daughter’s photos because a great part of my fiancé’s family and my own live abroad, being this one of the best ways to keep them involved and up to date with what is going on in her life, including her achievements. On the other hand, I have friends who never post photos of their children online over fears anyone will be able to see them.

A woman reported last month that she found out her photos had been stolen to create fake Internet accounts. The accounts had been set up by this other woman who was creating several online identities so she could have multiple relationships. She even took pictures of her family in order to make the lie more believable.

Once aware, the woman whose pictures were stolen went on to have all of these accounts deactivated only to find out a few months later that others had been created. This is not the first time cases like this have appeared and each case resulted in more and more profiles being set up under many different names on various social media websites and apps, including dating ones like Tinder.

So what can be done to keep our photos safe? Here are a few ways to increase your photo protection online.

Watermarks

Professional photographers are no longer the only individuals to use watermarks; anyone can if they wish to. These can be used on any photo with free, online software that will add a watermark to an uploaded file.  You can also download free apps through the Android and Apple App store for this purpose. A watermark will, most likely, put people off copying your images as removing it can take a lot of time and effort. The key with using a watermark is to remember to add it to your photo before uploading it!

Lower the quality

Okay, so people don’t want to share photos where you can barely see what’s going on, but advertising agencies find it harder to use pictures with lower levels of certain elements such as brightness and contrast so this is a simple, yet effective method of keeping the photo thieves at bay.

Check your privacy settings

On websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you can edit your privacy settings so only certain users can view your photos. For example, on my Facebook, I only add photos of my daughter to a specific album which is set available only for people I’m connected to. This means that anyone looking at my profile that I am not friends with can only see my profile pictures album.

Careful what you post

Another way to stop people from using your child’s photo is by being selective about what you upload. The fewer you upload, the less can be taken. This method is extremely common amongst celebrities. They post photos where you can see their children as clear as daylight every now and then, but you will usually find that the child is looking away from the camera or that a soft focus has been added. This allows you to share some great moments and milestones in your child’s development without putting them at a high risk.

 

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There are loads of other tips and advice available online.

I have come to the conclusion that there are two main things to be remembered when sharing photos of your children online. The first is that being selective and having the right settings in place can greatly help in terms of who has access to those photos. The second is that there will always be some form of risk when uploading any type of personal information online, whether it’s your photos, bank details, address and so on. If you ever think that someone has taken your photos and used them inappropriately, then alert the website you posted them on or the police.

Keep safe!

Creator and writer for the Young Mummy Survival Guide, a blog aimed at helping younger mothers from the view of a younger mother. Currently studying PR, media and marketing in Canterbury, Kent.

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