Niall Mulrine

Technology: Taking smart phone photos has its dangers

France Nude Model 16-7-15

France Nude Model 16-7-15

Taking photos with smartphone has its dangers
NO ONE can forget last year, with the amount of celebrities whose personal lives were no longer private, due to a hacking breakdown on Apple iCloud services. It lead to people everywhere worrying about their personal photo storage cloud platforms. The main storage cloud that got the rep in the news was iCloud, which is a service that is provided to Apple customers who want to upload their photos, contacts and videos to the cloud for ease of access and backup purposes. The platform is a great add-on for any iPhone or iPad device, as so many people are finding that everything they need is on their phone and if it ever breaks down or gets lost, they find themselves in limbo. But with iCloud, the user just pops into shop, gets replacement devices and logs onto their iCloud with all their personal collections downloaded directly to the device. Jennifer Laurence was one of the celebrities that had their nude photos leaked from iCloud.

Is Nude Selfies an Art?
In Paris, France last week, Swiss model Milo Moiré  (see picture below) was spending her weekend at the Eiffel tower getting Nude Selfies with tourists. She posed nude with tourists to cause a little hype. The local police heard of the commotion and appeared on the Saturday and asked Milo to stop doing what she was doing. She refused and spend a naked cold night behind cell bars. Again this year, we had people taking nude selfies on top of mountains and other well-known locations. In May 2015, 4 tourists including British 24 year old Eleanor Hawkins, took photo of themselves nude on top of Malyasian Mountain Mount Kinabalu at 13,000 feet. This was a celebration after completing her masters in aeronautical science. This may cost her 3 months in prison due to the fact that the mountain is sacred and the local people pray to it. At least she kept her hobbies in line with her ambition. These acts of nakedness on camera maybe fun at the time, but there is many implications that come from back of it.


Phones are convenient snapshots of life
With the growth of Smartphone capabilities, including the magnificent resolution the built-in cameras offer, people are becoming amateur photographers. Some professional photographers would say that the capabilities of a smartphone may outweigh the spec of a professional camera that is 2 years old. Since the photos are of good quality, more people are sharing their precious moments captured on social media and other online services. People are now living more in a Kodak moment than they are experiencing real life. Go to a concert, go to a bar, go to a park, go to a restaurant, go sight of interest, actually go anywhere and tell me what is common in all situations! Selfies are the common theme. From teenagers taking photos of being out and about with their mates to adults out in the town and visiting people, all situations consist of a camera and a snap. Everyone wants to capture the moment they were having fun with certain people. Sometimes, capturing this moment takes away from actually living the moment.

Sexting has become a ‘Norm’
It’s fun to share photos of people having a good time, but when people are asked to send intimate photos, they feel under pressure and often do reply with a photo of little to no clothing on their person. A recent McAfee survey in America found that 80% of 21 year olds send/receive a sext and 46% are naked selfies. Last year, I talked about the implications of children Sexting and how they could damage their character and how Geraldo Rivera made a blunder of himself taking a selfie while under influence, changed his professional character. Now the development of naked celebrities having naked selfies being sold online for BitCoins is a little bit far out of the realm of possibilities in the past 5 years. But now, with all photos on third-party cloud Apps such as Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud and many other free services, it comes to no surprise that these can be hacked also. The reason we know now, is that celebrities are involved. Surely, there are more photos on these hosting servers that just celebrities. But difference in us having a selfie being hacked is, we do not have the star status to gain money from ownership of the photos.

Whose fault is it that my naked selfie is online?
The question for anyone that has been compromised in their security is who do they blame? Is it Apple? Is it Nokia? Is it the hackers? Is it the inventor of the internet? Maybe all of them are to blame. But we ourselves must take responsibility for our actions. If we did not take certain photos on our devices and let them be backed up to an online server, would there be pictures online now? Same rule of thumb applies to people who are cyber-bullied by their photos they send. Look at Amanda Todd whose live was devastated by sending a nude image online to someone she did not know. Think before you send was the message behind the campaign to prevent bullying. Think before you snap, should be the campaign now.

Forget about online servers
If there was no internet or cloud servers, would there be an issue. Think about local downfalls. If you have photos or texts on your phone, do you have
• A pin or password on the phone
• A lock on certain Apps
• A security software program blocking incoming hacks
• Hidden folders or Text

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