Protect Private Photos From Leaking Online

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1. Protect private photos from the spiteful ex.

Your in a loving and happy relationship, you may have a collection of naughty pictures that you’ve shared with your partner. What happens though if the relationship turns sour and you break up, ending on bad terms? Your now former partner might decide to post some of the pictures online in an act of revenge. What to do? Google recently announced that they will be accepting requests from people who want “revenge porn” deleted from their search results. While Google cannot delete the website where the pictures are posted they can make the page harder to find in their search results.


2. Beware the syncing surprise.

You might have taken pictures on your iPhone but if you allow a synched photo steam they will end up on all your devices. The next thing you know your private photo is being displayed to friends, family and colleagues as it features on your Mac screen saver or on your Apple TV.

To turn off photo syncing and protect private photos from being shared across devices go to Settings > iCloud > Photos > then turn off photo stream.


3. Guard against the Snapchat screenshot

Sometimes in order to protect private photos from leaking online you should assume that any picture could make it on to the web. This is especially true for Snapchat users. The social media platform is used by many to take rude or naughty pictures and then send them to close friends or lovers. Many people think they are safe because the pictures delete after a few seconds. However the phones ability to take screenshots means that no picture is truly gone.


4. Secure your phone in case it gets lost or stolen

strong passcode is mandatory if you want protect private photos. In the event you lose your phone or it gets stolen then this is the first roadblock thieves will come up against. It is also important to have the Find My iPhone or iPad app enabled. The app will allow you to message, lock or wipe your device.


5. Get proactive with privacy tools

There are a range of apps available that will allow you to keep a vault of private photos stored on your chosen apple device. Use these apps and the other tips suggested above to keep your private photos safe!

4 Essential Apps For Mobile Photo Editing

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Post-processing is an important part of photography, and it becomes even more important with smartphone photos that may lack depth of colour and and dynamic range. With the advent of Instagram and its imitators, filters have come to rule the day for most casual photogs, but many of us demand more control. Here are five great tools for making your photos sing to your very own tune.

Many photographers experimenting with smartphone editing have realised that it’s almost impossible to find one single app that does everything you want. Instead, it is more effective to rely on a workflow of multiple apps, selectively using specific tools from each. Be careful though. Too many re-saves and an image can lose quality as it is compressed over and over. Try not to save the image more than twice over if you can help it.



A truly under-appreciated app, Afterlight combines a great user interface with a really well-rounded set of features. Tons of manual adjustments modes combined with many presets make this probably the app I would choose on this list if I only could use one. I love how you can make a photo square for Instagram by adding white letterboxing. That way you don’t have to crop your perfectly composed picture. [iTunes, $US1]

Snapseed’s HDR Scape


Snapseed has a decent all-around adjustments toolbox, but the HDR Scape tool is extra fun. Ok, HDR is way overused and often makes perfectly fine photos look disgusting. But it can be fun simply for effect, and if you just TONE IT DOWN A BIT, it can yield some decent results. Snapseed’s HDR Scape tool seems to do it the best, and most exaggerated, if you want that look. My other favourite tool on Snapseed is the Details adjustment. This tool is a particularly well-implemented sharpening algorithm that will give your photos just a bit of extra pop. Other features in the app are useful, if heavy-handed on the fake-film artifacts. Please use carefully. [iTunes / Google Play, Free]



When I import a photo into VSCO Cam, it’s usually because I want to keep it tasteful. They have a great many film-like presets (which cost money), but they are generally much more subtle than Instagram’s filters. You can make adjustments as well, though their tool-set isn’t quite as robust as Afterlight. [iTunes / Google Play, Free]

Slow Shutter Cam


You can’t really control shutter speed with the iOS camera app, but Slow Shutter Cam pretty much fakes it for you. Use it to capture light trails for a timelapse effect in night scenes, or just get zany with its various settings. It’s not an app you’ll use every day but it’s great to mix things up with. [iTunes, $US1]

This article originally appeared on Gizmodo