Here Are 3 Ways To Protect Your Images Whilst Still Sharing Them Online

If you are someone who has a lot of friends online and live a pretty active lifestyle, then there is a good chance that you take a lot of pictures.

With the availability of so many different types of cameras, from cell phones with cameras on them to small portable digital throwaway cameras, there is a good chance that you want to capture this lifestyle in pictures.

And of course it is no fun taking the pictures if you cannot share them with others.


So the first thing that you do is to go online and place the pictures on Facebook or some other image hosting service.

These services are great to use but they can leave you unprotected in ways that you might not think about.

If you want to be able to share photos with your family and friends and that’s it, I have three ways that will help you do this.

Now you can place your photos online and still have peace of mind.

Check Your Settings

If you choose to use one of the social media web sites such as Facebook, you have to be careful about the settings that you post the pictures under.

Facebook services like for you to have as much of your personal details as public as possible so a lot of their settings are in public mode by default.

If you post a picture on the service and do not change any of the settings then there is a good chance that everyone will be able to see your photo.

To stop that from happening, you must make sure that you set the photo to be shared with only a certain amount of people.

Once you change the settings of the photo post, then you can rest in comfort knowing that only the people that you want to see the photo will be able to.

Facebook is not the only service with these privacy settings, so before you use any service, see how they handle the privacy of your photos.

Better yet, you may wish to assume you have no privacy on social networks in the first place.

Consider Who You Trust

Another way to be careful about the photos that you are sharing is to make sure that you trust who you are allowing to see the photos.

Even though you may have chosen to set the photo on private, other people that are allowed to see the picture may save a copy to their hard drive and share them with other people later.

You must take that into consideration before posting the photo.

So if the photo is truly something that you want to keep private, make sure that you really trust everyone that you are sending the photo to.

Share Photos Via Email

Probably the most secure way to share a photo online is through your email account.

This way, you are sending the photo directly to the person that you want to have it.

If you find out later on that the photo has been shared then you know who to blame.

Sending the photos through email allows you to have direct access to the person and leaves less of a risk of someone else seeing the photo if you can truly trust the person that you sent it to.

When you want to share photos online you must think about protecting them if you do not want the whole world to see them.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


  1. What about watermarking them ?

    • I didn’t word the title very well as I meant protecting photos with regard to privacy.

      You make a good point though Dave – if you want to cut down on copying then watermarking is the way to go.

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