Protecting private photos

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - It seems those born into the digital age either don't understand or don't seem to mind that digital is forever.

A new study from, manager of personal online information, asked "millenials" between the ages of 18 and 24 about how they use their smart phones.

The results were enough to indicate cause for concern from WBTV Cyber Expert who says the study found 1 in 4 millenials have "embarrassing photos" on their phones.

Theresa Payton offers her advice below on storing and the legalities of sharing personal, private photos:

There are a few things that you should know about taking digital nude photos.

1. It's not a crime to take a nude photo of yourself

2. It is a crime to disseminate nude photos of others

3. If the person you are sharing nude photos with is under 18, you may be considered as trafficking in child pornography

4. Remember that delete doesn't always mean delete in the digital world - private social media systems and cloud systems may be storing these sensitive photos and you might know they are there

Protecting Any Type of Photo

1. Switch off automatic syncing with the cloud. Consider offline storage - you can turn off your sync programs and save photos offline

2. Do not send photos to others - they can copy and download or grab a screen shot of the photo, even off of social media apps that "delete" the photos

3. Strong passwords are critical to make sure a hacker cannot access your accounts

4. Share photos via an encrypted USB drive

5. Consider sharing services that promise to encrypt messages

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