The 5 Sources of Private Photo and Video Leaks Online and Offline
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- Private photo and video leaks online have increased in the 21st Century because young children too, now record and share their findings without the knowledge of parents and caregivers.
- In late 2018 Facebook exposed up to 6.8 million private photos to third-party apps. These included uploaded but unpublished photos!
- According to Symantec, over 24,000 malicious apps are blocked every day for compromising user privacy on unprotected devices.
The increasing instances of many of us pimping our body images usually mean we capture and store large numbers of photos and videos on our smartphones! Not surprisingly, this increases the likelihood that media management becomes a problem, and instances of photo and video leaks online become commonplace. These are consumed by everybody with access to the internet and mobile devices.
Children too are not spared!
The desire to look different even if it means compromising the respect and privacy of our body parts compels us to capture and get captured in embarrassing states and places. We so easily expose ourselves to snooping cameras in public places.
To cut the story short, there is always a surplus of decent and ugly photos and videos at the end of the day. The good recordings are usually decent selfies and family moments, while the ugly stuff, is a collection of inappropriate body parts and embarrassing moments.
Question is, what happens to the ugly surplus?
Many of us probably delete them. It is debatable though if this is done securely. But a few others don’t bother. Soon we forget these recordings even exist. The modern mind is so busy with lots of stuff, that smaller things are ignored most of the time. Deleting photos happens to be one of the least important things to do!
We all know what happens if the phone is stolen or ends up in the hands of the wrong people! Worse still kids too watch the ugly stuff as they swipe through the photo library. We probably grab the phone away from them hoping they missed the moment. No, they do not miss a thing. Instead, their curiosity gets the better of them.
From then onwards their sense of curiosity will make them revisit the library over and over again, in our absence. Trust me, that 5-year-old kid is smarter than we think and will find a way around our busy schedules to snoop again. Chances are the kid will share the finding with the siblings.
Then the photo and video leaks will have started!
How, When and Where Photo and Video Leaks Online Start
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.
A disclaimer though, the illustrations below are not necessarily universal. While one video clip or image is tolerable in one community, it may not raise eyebrows in other communities. Body exposure which is tolerated by very permissive cultures, and is seemingly fine, may be regarded as offensive in other cultures.
1. The Phone Techies
Whenever we keep snapping away and recording videos and images extensively, our phones will start complaining of limited storage space. This happens much sooner with the vast majority of cheap Android phones. Soon, the phone storage will fill up and we will seek solutions from those with technical know-how.
That is when interesting stuff starts to happen. We seek the expertise of friends and techies to have the matter sorted out. Some of them will ask for a few hours to get the job done. They will naturally get tempted to go swiping through our private photos – THE CURIOUS HUMAN MIND AT WORK!
The repair fellow is then tempted to store a few of the findings obviously for evil purposes. He could choose to leak and share them with friends, ultimately kickstarting a viral chain.
2. The Studio Snoops!
The 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.
3. The Public Disorder in Us
Some of us practice stupid escapades in secluded niches of what is clearly public facilities. These include parks, beaches, bars, little bushes, and of course, cars. Here, we indulge in indecent exposure and sexual indulgences.
Whether because of excitement or under the influence of drugs, alcohol and other substances, we easily fall victim to bemused friends, bystanders and of course paparazzi who are always wondering around. They 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.
4. The Ex Factor
Exes are notorious for exploiting photo and video leftovers 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.
5. 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 pastor accidentally post nudes on a church forum. I can’t tell why it happened but I can confidently blame it on ignorance. Of course, the begging puzzle is what he was doing with the nudes in the first place.
Do not take pictures or record audiovisual clips you think will shame you in any way. Better still avoid recording videos or 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!
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