Earlier this week hundreds of nude, semi-nude and revealing photos were leaked onto the Internet from a variety of female celebrities private accounts. These celebrities include Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, and Kate Upton. The images were allegedly taken from their private icloud accounts (although Apple has since denied this) and the FBI is now getting involved to find the hacking genius that obtained the images.
You’re probably wondering why you should care because you’re not “dumb” enough to take nude photos, but let this be a lesson in social media privacy and Internet/electronic device behavior to all. Below we have laid out some simple steps to follow in order to ensure a happy life on the Internet.
5 simple steps for shaping up your Internet life
- Everything you post online is FOREVER. As much as you don’t want to hear it, those selfies that you took in eighth grade and posted to Facebook but have since deleted are still floating around on the World Wide Web somewhere. Don’t post anything now that you might be ashamed of someday. Think about those pics from Friday night at the bar a little longer before you share them with the world.
- Check the privacy settings as soon as you create a profile. A majority of social media sites like Facebook are not private from the start. You must manually go to settings and articulate to the site what you want to be viewable to the public. Don’t let any random creeper take a look at those photos from your dream vacation to the Caribbean - be cautious and share your fabulous photos ONLY with your approved friends or followers.
- Don’t compromise privacy for popularity. Setting your Instagram profile on public to get some new followers and gain some likes is not worth having some potential creeper scrolling through your photos late at night. Maybe your like to minute ratio isn’t what you want it to be, but just hang tight- it’ll get there eventually!
- If you wouldn’t want it to get out, don’t document it in the first place. Step four applies particularly to the celebs that now have nothing to hide. Even if you never post that embarrassing photo of you passed out in the bathroom after your 21st and it’s on your iCloud, it’s still connected to the web. Be weary of everything you document on your digital devices because if a hacker really wants to air your dirty laundry, I guarantee they’ll find that pic hidden within the depths of your accounts.
- Keep your personal information off all social media. Chances are you are Facebook or Twitter friends with some people you don’t necessarily want having your phone number or email, so keep that information hidden and off your various social media profiles and you’re in the clear.
Take these tips to heart, and remember, if you're going to take a selfie, make sure you wouldn't mind your grandmother seeing it.