We posted about Christina Hendricks and Olivia Munn taking raunchy photos on their phones, and having them leaked to the web.
We got some interesting responses in the comments:
Commenter 1: I think rather than telling people not to take naked pictures, maybe there should be more effort to spread the revolutionary idea that you shouldn’t be a dick and send around personal pictures of someone. Instead of chastising the actresses, go after the people who violate their privacy.
Commenter 2: ummmm no way…they take pictures of themselves similar to ones that other women take. Next thing you know some one will claim that they eat food and drink drinks. I also agree with [Commenter 1] – why talk about the actors/actresses who had their privacy invaded. The scandal should be about the hackers who can’t respect them as human beings.
Commenter 3: The problem shouldn’t be the fact that they’re taking “risqué” photos of themselves; that’s their business. The problem is that some prick out there feels entitled to someone’s private photos and the people who get blamed are well in the law. Just because digital information is forever doesn’t mean that the devices these people own aren’t private property.
We at Lovelyish definitely agree: the hackers who posted these pictures are definitely to blame.
Are you guys aware that any Apple app can easily get access to your entire photo library, if you give it access to your location information?
Developers of applications for Apple’s mobile devices, along with Apple itself, came under scrutiny this month after reports that some apps were taking people’s address book information without their knowledge.
As it turns out, address books are not the only things up for grabs. Photos are also vulnerable. After a user allows an application on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to have access to location information, the app can copy the user’s entire photo library, without any further notification or warning, according to app developers.
And that a malicious app developer can program your app to send them your entire photo library out into cyberspace?
The New York Times asked a developer, who asked not to be named because he worked for a popular app maker and did not want to involve his employer, to create a test application that collected photos and location information from an iPhone. When the test app, PhotoSpy, was opened, it asked for access to location data. Once this was granted, it began siphoning photos and their location data to a remote server. (The app was not submitted to the App Store.)
And that this vulnerability exists not only on the iPhone, but also on Android? Except there, you don’t even need to give your app any permissions at all?
It turns out that Google, maker of the Android mobile operating system, takes it one step further. Android apps do not need permission to get a user’s photos, and as long as an app has the right to go to the Internet, it can copy those photos to a remote server without any notice, according to developers and mobile security experts.
At the end of the day, sexting is kind of like sex. When you have sex with someone, they say you are having sex with everyone that person has ever had sex with. When you sext with someone, you are sexting with every app that person has ever installed on their iPhone or Android. And every app that you’ve ever installed on your iPhone or Android. That’s a lot of apps to sext with.
So what does that mean for you? For heaven’s sake, do not save any photos to your phone that you wouldn’t want published to the web. Or as Gizmodo put it:
Do not take pictures of yourself naked on your phone. Do not take pictures of yourself naked on your phone. Do not take pictures of yourself naked on your phone. Do not take pictures of yourself naked on your phone. Do not take pictures of yourself naked on your phone. Do not take pictures of yourself naked on your phone. Do not take pictures of yourself naked on your phone. Do not take pictures of yourself naked on your phone. Do not take pictures of yourself naked on your phone. Do not take pictures of yourself naked on your phone.
Have you ever taken pictures of yourself naked on your phone?