Safe sexting is now considered as crucial as safe sex. You may ask why? To begin with, your risque texts to your bae can be copied and circulated across the cyberworld and beyond, thereby making your private life fully public. Needless to say, it can cause you great stress and humiliation. Sexting is a big part of one’s love life and studies show that one in five adults, who, of course, use smartphones, practises it. But in this day and age the importance of online safety cannot be overemphasised. So how can you possibly protect your privacy while sexting?
Do you trust him?
Don’t start sexting the moment you find someone you can connect with, thanks to the first few dates. Know a person well and observe his online habits. Take time before you start trusting him and then consider sexting, after weighing the pros and cons, of course.
Cyber experts say that it’s better not to show your face if you are thinking of sending your revealing photos. There’s no point in blurring too as there are online tools that can be used to edit photos . Also, do not reveal any tattoo or piercing or any other mark on your body that can reveal your identity.
Remove personal details
If you want complete anonymity, you need to stop your devices from giving away your location and other data. There’s something called metadata that can be deleted from Windows and other systems. Seek technical help if you are unsure how to delete data from your system.
You can send a risque message and delete it immediately. But experts say that too is not foolproof because no one can actually be stopped from taking a screen shot of your text or photo. So send such texts when you are fully sure that it won’t be leaked.
Risk of connected devices
Avoid sexting when your smartphone is connected to other devices. For instance, if your smartphone is connected to your tab, your messages can be seen in both devices. So if the other device is at home or at work, your messages can perhaps be viewed by others. Beware.