CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - So many of us use social media sites like Facebook and Instagram as the way we share our favorite photos with our friends and relatives.
Cyber expert, Theresa Payton, says once a picture is digitally shared, it is possible that the photo you marked private could become very public.
Theresa says there are other options you might want to consider. Her advice follows:
Pros: You control the distribution list when you send it
Cons: Can clog up your email box and the recipient's mail box and they can copy or send the photo to someone else
2. Texting a photo:
Pros: You control who sees it when you send it; the phone usually compresses the image to save space
Cons: Not good if you want to send a whole album; the recipient might not have unlimited texting; the recipient has a copy
3. Text Like or Message Like Services:
Pros: Services are quick and easy and sometimes the photos will "expire" or "disappear" after the recipient looks at them.
Cons: Once it's digital, "deleted" doesn't necessarily mean deleted. Not good for lots of photos
Sample services to try are: Snapchat, WhatsApp, or Viber.
4. Photo Sites
Pros: Many of the photo sites let you create a guest list for sharing and sometimes you have a feature to password protect albums
Cons: Lots of marketing and advertising and the photo sharing is set up to try to get you to buy the photos
Try services such as Photobucket, Flickr, SnapFish or Shutterfly
5. File sharing services
Pros: You can share more than photos and you can share a lot of photos
Cons: Since they are file sharing sites, photos look like files and in many cases have to be opened by the recipient before they can see the photo
Try services like Google drive, Apple Cloud, Box, and DropBox
6. Paid Photo Sites
Pros: You are paying for a service so the marketing and ads go down and you have additional features
Cons: You are committed to that service and would have to move your photos if you don't want to continue to pay the fees
Try a service like Smugmug or iMemories
Before you use any of these services follow these 5 tips:
1. Grandmom rule: If you would be embarrassed for your Grandmom to see the photo, don't share it!
2. Bad Guy rule: If someone could use the photo to hurt you or someone you love, don't share it!
4. Privacy settings: use all the privacy settings they offer and check them often to make sure they are set the way you want them to be
5. Keep a back up: keep an offline copy of photos on a hard drive, DVDs, or an alternative place in case your service crashes or goes out of business
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