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Why You Shouldn’t Use Same Photo On Your Every Social Media Account

  • JWB Post
  •  August 1, 2015

That’s ‘the biggest mistake women make,’ says cybercrime reporter Violet Blue

Violet has written a handbook for women ‘The Smart Girl’s Guide to Privacy’ giving advice to women of how they can protect themselves online. Below are her top three tips:

  1. Your webcam is a portal for spying on you. ‘Put a little Post-it note, sticker, or even a piece of tape on the webcam of your computer or smartphone. Webcam hacking—they are capturing images of you unaware—is widespread, and the software to do it is really, really cheap,’ Blue says.
  2. Use different pictures for each of your social media accounts. ‘The [profile] photo is the biggest mistake women make. Different pictures make it more difficult for cybercriminals to put together a digital portrait of you.
  3. If sexy pictures of you get into the wrong hands: ‘Make your social networks private. Then—this can cost thousands—hire services like Abine.comor Reputation.com. You tell them what to look for; they check every month and start getting stuff taken down. They work to drive down negative search results.’ If you can’t afford that, DIY: Post, post, post positive content about yourself. ‘Overwhelm the bad stuff with good content. Eventually the old stuff will just go by way of Google’s 40th page,where no one ever looks.’

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