Protecting Yourself Against Revenge Porn

Chloe Pedley Mar 19, 2014 0 comments 0

Revenge porn is a genre of online pornography where nude and/or explicit photos are posted on the web without the consent of the subject. Most revenge porn is posted by ex-lovers, although there are instances of strangers being responsible for the uploading of these types of images as well. Naturally, the consequences for victims can be astronomical, causing embarrassment and emotional and psychological harm.

The good news is, the threat of revenge porn is beginning to be taken very seriously by authorities. Earlier this year revenge porn peddler Hunter Moore, along with his accomplice Charles Evens, was indicted on 15 counts in the USA, including conspiracy, unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information and aggravated identity theft. Moore was the operator of a site that posted nude photos of people – many of whom have said they did not consent to having their images appear online. It is claimed that Moore paid Evans to hack into the email accounts of victims and steal nude images to post on his website.

While the rise of mobile photography has made it easier – and seemingly harmless – to send the odd erotic image to a lover or partner, doing so does come with risks. I’m not saying everyone should refrain from sending nude images of themselves to trusted lovers (because we were doing that far before the invention of digital photography). After all, the focus should be on holding revenge porn peddlers and posters accountable rather than blaming victims.

That being said, there are some strategies you can keep in mind when it comes to protecting yourself.

Revenge Porn Protection in 5 Simple Steps

Spread the word: revenge porn is not okay

Talk to your friends, brothers, sisters, children and partners about the negative impact revenge porn can have on its subjects. People will be less likely to support these websites if they think about the consequences for victims.

Utilize password protection

If there’s a password protect feature on your computer and photo applications, ensure it’s turned on, and make sure your passwords can’t be easily guessed.

Delete old emails

If you’ve sent racy photos via email, delete, delete, delete. Purge those emails, and be sure to get rid of them permanently by deleting them within your email trash folder as well.

Keep your software and antivirus up to date

While it can be hard to block the savviest hackers, keeping all of your software and antivirus protection up to date will help to prevent anyone gaining illegal access to your images. Beware of illegal downloading and streaming websites. If they prompt you to download applications, they could be trying to access your computer remotely.

Watch your webcam, and purchase webcam protection software or a cover sticker

If your webcam camera is blinking or lighting up when you’re not using it, it could be a sign that someone is trying to activate your camera remotely. An investment in some webcam protection software or a webcam cover sticker can be an affordable piece of insurance.

Chloe Pedley
Founder at Polkadotsi
Chloe is the founder of Polkadotsi, mother of four little boys, and wife and lover to a magnificent husband.
She's interested in all things sex and sexuality, and seeks to make a positive difference in the world by education.

Chloe is the founder of Polkadotsi, mother of four little boys, and wife and lover to a magnificent husband. She's interested in all things sex and sexuality, and seeks to make a positive difference in the world by education.