Your most private content could be at risk of being extracted to a ‘parasite’ website and placed on an adult website without your knowledge. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has revealed in a recent study that 88% of suggestive images and videos posted by young people, are finding their way onto adult sites.
Just imagine the impact this could have on your career, family and personal life. Shocking, isn’t it? Okay, so maybe you’re thinking, ‘I read BullGuard’s blogs, I’m educated, I know not to post pictures of myself that I wouldn’t want others to see’. Well, you STILL could be at risk. Think about this: you’ve got some private pictures on your phone, and then your phone gets stolen, OR your private iPhoto account gets hacked, and all of a sudden it’s not so private anymore. Pictures and private content can end up online this way as well. It’s so important to protect yourself and your personal property.
Here are BullGuard’s 3 Cs to help you keep what’s private, private:
- Check your FB privacy settings regularly to make sure you’re staying on top of updates to the site and managing what content you’re comfortable sharing, and with whom.
- Change your passwords from time to time. And don’t use the same password for all of your logins. Keep those hackers on their toes.
- Choose to protect your devices with an internet security suite such as BullGuard’s Internet Security 2013. It’s a more reliable way to keep your content protected, even if your mobile gets stolen. For this particular risk consider some extra mobile safety measures such as Antitheft tools to remotely lock, wipe or track your device.
We must stress, once you release content online, it is no longer yours to control. It becomes public property and you may never be able to remove it from the internet completely.
Keep your photos where they belong and make sure your friends are aware of this risk as well!