How to secure your nudes from the prying eyes with these simple hacks

Are you concerned about the nudes and sexting that happened during corona lockdown? Why just corona, today’s generation isn’t hesitant in sharing nudes or sexting or recording sexual videos. But, the problem arises when the euphoria is over and the fear of leaking photographs creeps in.  

So what should be done to ensure your nudes are safe from the hands of perpetrators and you don’t become the victim of someone’s sick mind? Let’s read further. 

For IPhone Users

According to the creator and founder of Objective-See, a source for free open-source tools for Mac users, and a former NSA hacker Patrick Wardle said, “Apple has done a great job… creating a very secure consumer device, [If] you're an average hacker, you're not gonna have the ability to hack iPhones."

Those updates have a lot of fixes and patches for security vulnerabilities and hackers can do reverse engineering to hack devices that have not installed the updates. According to Wardle having a unique set of passwords and double authentication can strengthen the security and keep the hackers at bay. 

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Another way to keep the nudes only for your eyes is by not saving it on icloud. It’s best to keep it on your iPad or iPhone to reduce the surface attack. He further added to choose the apps you are downloading as, “There's nothing to stop an app that claims to provide some fancy filters to your images from copying all your images and sending them to some remote server where — who knows what's going on.”

Next what you can do is install apps with end-to-end encryption which means only the receiver and sender can read the text. So, for example, if apple serve is hacked, you iTexts the hacker will not be able to read your texts, same applies to Whatsapp and Snapchat.  

But, he warns against dubious third-party apps, "I wouldn't recommend just running out to the App Store and downloading the first file vault app that pops up," he said. Do your research, and don't balk at a potential cost. "You often get what you pay for." 

For Android Users

A four-digit passcode isn’t enough to keep really curious people out of your device, Use a strong passcode or biometrics to secure your device" said Neil Kittleson, CEO of NKrypt and former senior executive in the NSA's cybersecurity directorate, shared tips for Android and PC devices.

While you are away your device should be locked and sleep mode should be on with a screen lock, “This is your only protection if someone tries to take your unlocked phone from your hand.”

When you want to encrypt photos on your device, look for applications that use AES256 encryption," he advised. "Additionally, make sure you trust the developer that implemented the cryptography."

“Typically, government bodies use specifications that have been published that adhere to international criteria and use independent labs to validate the cryptography," he said. "If the product is open source, that means that anyone can look at the code to make sure that no mistakes were made (intentionally or unintentionally) in the implementation of the code."

Also, it is essential to remove EXIF Data, said Kittleson, “Every photo you take hashtags that describe where you were, what kind of camera is used, what time the photo was taken...It’s how social media apps know how to tag our location. If your sensitive photos tag your house as the location it was taken, not even cropping out your face will protect your privacy if it is leaked."

Kittleson also said like Wardle, to use vault apps especially when using apps that have access to your camera, “It’s almost impossible to keep other people from keeping your photos if you share them. People can screenshot photos or even use other cameras to take photos of digital photos."