Oct 24 2007

How to Protect Photos Online

Published by at 8:02 pm under Tips and Ideas

Do you want to share your photos online, but at the same time you are worried about what a stranger might do? There are many reasons for this, and I have run into a few of them. If you are on a fan site of some sort, you may want to show your concert photos, but you don’t want anyone taking them. This might sound silly, but there are good reasons why this might be a problem for you. If you are sharing photos of your children, you might want to be sure some weirdo isn’t saving them to their hard drive for Lord knows what.

Did you know that photo slideshows can help you protect those pictures?

In most cases, when you put your pictures in photo slideshows, they normally will be right click protected. This is not the same for all services, so make sure you know before you share. I know that I can do this with my photo slideshows on Photo Bucket and Picture Trail, but ones on Shutterfly aren’t always protected. Though there are other ways to steal photos, many people don’t know how to swipe them. If you aren’t concerned, you can do what you want, but if you want to keep them safe from others, you should make sure the account has this right-click protection.

If you aren’t sure if you want to protect your photos this way or not, there are a few things you should ask yourself. First of all, if they are pictures of children, you should always protect them. Granted, they can’t really harm your child with a photo, but they can use it to track them down. They might be able to remember what your child looks like from a picture, but you know they can find them if they know where to look and they can look at a printed picture for reference. Also, you don’t know what some of these people are doing while they are looking at pictures they have gathered online.

For even more protection, use a photo sharing service that allows you to protect your “albums” with a password. Then you can provide that password to friends and family and know that the chances of a stranger getting in are slim to none.

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