A few incidents on Facebook happened this past week that brought the dangers of social media and the big bad internet world again to the forefront! You may remember my post about my son being befriended by an online stranger; in any case, there are enough examples of how pedophiles and perverts prey on the unsuspecting online.
The issue always hits closer to home when it happens to your family or friends! One of my good friends, Rekha, has had a traumatic experience where someone lifted her profile photo and used it for his own on a Facebook page. This page contained photos of a number of other women, some innocent and some in compromising positions. You can read more about her experience in her post.
This incident shows how careful we must all be in constantly monitoring our privacy settings in any kind of social media platform! For bloggers like us, sometimes we do need to keep a lot of our posts on public settings. However, I am now more vigilant about changing the settings to ‘Friends only’ if I do post photos. And, I’ve removed all photos of my boys – it just isn’t worth it. Sumana gives some wonderful tips on more ways to be vigilant on what you share on social media!
Let’s turn to our blogs, and photos that are uploaded from our blogs to social media, next! Photos you share there are far more at risk of being reused! Several other bloggy friends recently suffered the ordeal of having their photos of food, family photos, and photos of their children stolen, re-posted on the internet and linked to a graphic porn site!
The idea that these hackers had was to lure people who would normally not visit a porn site but would click on an appetizing dish or a cute photo of a child. These unsuspecting folks would then be taken into this porn site that makes its revenue on per-click views. This kind of practice is called ‘click-baiting’ and, even if the person immediately closes the window, the developers of the site would still generate revenue!
Sometimes, these photos are not taken directly from posts, but from a sharing platform like Pinterest, where the photos may be uploaded to gain traffic! Another thing; many of these photos are watermarked, but that doesn’t prevent them from being stolen!
All these episodes just underline how many twisted and corrupt people live amongst us and who, now more than ever, have access to our most precious information, if only we let them in. Do not let them in, people! Please educate yourself and your loved ones!
Karen of Baking in a Tornado is a shining example of someone who fought and got her stolen food photos taken down! The irony here is that she used social media to do so! If you do find yourself the victim of stolen content, please do follow all the steps given in the articles below, but be sure to harness your friends and fellow bloggers in posting on the Facebook wall and page of the offending party or their website host, if you don’t get a response! Karen and her friends were able to get the host provider to take down the offending website after they posted negative reviews on the provider’s Facebook page!!
“DMCA is the Digital Media Copyright Act (DMCA) regulating reproduction of digital content from the internet. Often if you send a DMCA cease and desist to the offender, they take down the content because they don’t want their site taken down. If they don’t, you can track down their web host and send a DMCA report to them.”
Below are a few different articles that may help you!
Is it safe to post photos of my kids online – Commonsense media
How to disable iPhone iCloud – Mirror
Two easy steps for using the DMCA take-down notice and How to deal with copyright theft – links courtesy, Karen.