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The 6 Sources of Private Photo and Video Leaks Online and Offline 

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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 on our smartphones. Some of the captured moments are actually career-ending and relationship killers! This kind of storage increases the likelihood that media management soon becomes a problem, and instances of photo and video leaks online become even more likely.

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

To cut the story short, there is always a surplus of decent and ugly photos and videos at the end of the day. The decent images and videos are usually innocent selfies and family moments, while the ugly stuff, is a collection of inappropriate and embarrassing images and videos.

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We have to be careful with what we store on our smartphones to avoid image and video leaks online, and the embarrassing blushes that come with the scandals! Pexels image.

Question is, what happens to the ugly surplus?


Many of us probably delete them at the end of the day. It is debatable though if this is done securely. A few others don’t even bother to delete them, and soon after, forget they even exist. Deleting photos happens to be one of the least important things to do today because of the helter-skelter lifestyle we now live!

We all know what happens if our smartphones are stolen or end 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 makes 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.

The situation is worse with older children who are continuously looking for ways to sound relevant in the eyes of their peers. They are prone to leaking more than videos and photos. According to Wikipedia:

Teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they did in the past.”[56] Preteens and teenagers are sharing information on social media sites such as Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and more by posting pictures and videos of themselves unaware of the privacy they are sacrificing.

Preteens and early teenagers

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. Body exposure which is tolerated by very permissive cultures, and is seemingly fine, may be regarded as offensive in other cultures.


1. Your Favorite & Rogue Apps

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. Most of them are notorious for snooping into your browser behavior, your contact lists, and other details. Even worse 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 will have started.

A case in point is when Facebook unintentionally exposed private photos of up to 6.8 million users to third-party apps in the year 2018. The leaked photos included uploaded but unpublished photos! This means whatever you had saved on your library and yet unpublished, instantly became public!

Facebook claimed 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 but your images were now spread around the world, and they still are.

Facebook aside, Apple and Android apps too, abet the photo and leakages. The likelihood of this happening takes place when we 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 user privacy on unprotected devices.


2. The Phone Techies

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

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.


3. The Studio Snoops!

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Studio fellows can easily start a chain of photo and video leaks online and offline

The photo studio is another source of 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

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.


5. 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.


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.

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Keep off social media if the car breaks down on a big day like this! You may post embarrassing things

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.


Finally!

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!

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