Last Updated: August 10, 2020

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The expanding dynamics of leaked private photos and videos merely reflect our sinful indulgence with technology. It is a story of our morality gone wrong just as we have learned to entrust smartphones with plenty of these secrets. When they get to see daylight, the images and video files are actually career-ending and relationship killers.

The desire to look different even if it entails compromising our privacy and respect compels us to capture and store large numbers of photos and videos with zero caution! The haphazard storage increases the likelihood that media management soon becomes a problem, and the chance of these photos and videos leaking becomes likely.

Children too are not spared the drama! Just as well, they now record and share their findings without guidance and the knowledge of parents and caregivers.

To cut the story short, there is always a surplus of decent and ugly photos and videos on our smartphones and tablets. The decent collections are usually family selfies and moments, while the ugly stuff is a collection of inappropriate snapshots.

Question is, what happens to the ugly surplus?

Some of us probably delete them, but it is debatable if this is done securely. Many of us, however, don’t even bother, and soon, forget they even exist. Deleting photos happens to be one of the least important things to do because of the helter-skelter lifestyle we now live!

How, When and Where Private Photos and Videos Start to Leak

If you ever wonder why and how nudes and embarrassing audio-visual clips find their way into our timelines and mainstream social media platforms, continue to read.

1. Your Favorite Apps!

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Rogue apps faciliate the leakeage of private photos and videos. Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

If you thought the photos and videos you capture and store in your smartphone are entirely private and for your eyes only, think again, and look no further than the apps you download and install randomly.

Yes, most of them are known for snooping into your browser behavior, your contact lists, and other details. What you may not know, however, is that some take a peek into your photo and video libraries, just for the fun of it. In the event the app security is breached, a mass photo and video leaks online could happen.

A case in point is when Facebook unintentionally leaked private photos of up to 6.8 million users to third-party apps in the year 2018, due to a bug. The leaked photos included uploaded but unpublished photos! This means whatever you had saved on your library and probably not for publishing, instantly became public!

Facebook argued that a bug in its Photo API gave photo access to 1,500 apps built by over 800 developers. The social media giant promptly apologized. Unfortunately, your images were now spread around the world, and are still out there.

Facebook aside, Apple and Android apps too, abet the photo and leakages. The likelihood of this happening takes place when you randomly grant permissions to apps without thinking much, let alone reading what the permissions entail.

Android apps do not need permission to get a user’s photos, and as long as an app has the right to go to the Internet, it can copy those photos to a remote server without any notice, according to developers and mobile security experts. 

Android Apps Can Also Secretly Copy Photos

According to Symantec, over 24,000 malicious apps are blocked every day for compromising privacy on unprotected devices. This most likely increases the likelihood of leaked private photos and videos occurring.

2. The Phone Techies

phone techies can start a chain of photo and video leaks online and offline
The phone repair techs usually browse through client photo and video libraries

Whenever we snap away and record videos extensively, our phones run out of storage space soon enough. This happens faster with the vast majority of cheap Android phones. That is when interesting things start to happen. We seek the expertise of friends and techies to have the matter sorted out.

While they are getting the job done, they are also tempted to go swiping through our private photos and videos – THE CURIOUS HUMAN MIND AT WORK!

The repair fellows are notorious for saving a few of these findings and could choose to leak and share them with friends, using popular apps, groups.

3. The Studio Snoops!

Photo and video leaks in the studios
Studio fellows can easily start a chain of photo and video leaks online and offline

he photo studio is another source of the rampant photo and video leaks. While studio proprietors probably mean good, a few elements both within and outside the studio take advantage of the situation and smuggle private files outside studio computers. This is worse when we choose to pose for photos that are suggestive and considered sleazy by the viewer. They are interesting to watch!

The different photo editors or rogue employees can just as well do the damage themselves by posting or sharing their loot.

4. The Public Disorder in Us

Beware what you save in your smartphone. Video by cottonbro from Pexels

When we practice stupid escapades in public facilities such as parks, beaches, bars, little bushes, and of course, cars, we more than willingly expose ourselves to many interested parties.

Whether it is because of excitement or under the influence of drugs, and alcohol, we easily fall victim to bemused friends, bystanders, and of course, paparazzi who will capture every passing moment and share their findings with friends on social media platforms.

Elsewhere in lodging facilities, our foes install spy cameras from where they will record, store and share our sexual encounters with the world. Some television stations around the world are paid cash by jilted lovers to trail and record their spouses in a similar fashion. This information is then aired on TV for the world to see. Cheaters is a popular example of a reality TV series for tracking cheating spouses.

5. The Ex Factor

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Keep off social media if something goes wrong in your life! Image by Pintera Studio from Pixabay

Exes are notorious for facilitating leaked private photos and videos. They take advantage of the leftover photos and videos of wantaway partners to cause embarrassment or extort money. These may have been captured in advance or staged as the affair nears the end. It begins with a jilted lover baiting a wantaway partner into sexual union while the session is recorded using a hidden camera.

Even in stable relationships spouses record themselves routinely, without much thought. These recordings and images remain in the phones and are forgotten, even after separation. Of course, until there is a need. The recorded images and video files quite easily end up online.

6. Mood Swings & Ignorance

It is a very dangerous business plowing social media platforms and the internet with ignorance. It is even worse doing it when in a bad mood! We end up initiating the video leaks ourselves!

Whether this is done knowingly, unknowingly, under the influence or for emotional reasons, we should learn to keep off social media if we have a mood disorder or are spaced out for whatever reason.

I have witnessed a church leader accidentally post nudes on a church forum, which I blame it on ignorance. Of course, the begging puzzle is what he was doing with the nudes in the first place.

Minimize Leaked Private Photos and Videos!

Do not take pictures or record audiovisual clips you think will shame you in any way. Better still avoid recording videos and taking photos you will not want your child to view.  If the urge gets the better of you, go ahead and delete them soon after you have quenched your sinful curiosity!