Image exploitation is when an individual’s image is used without their knowledge or consent to exploit the individual or other entity. Images that can be exploited are diverse and cover instances where leverage can be gained by a perpetrator, including intimate photos, private emails and text messages, and credential information. Images may also be fraudulently used on fake credentials and web sites that sell products.
The impact of image exploitation on a person can be very significant and can be influenced by their willingness to communicate and confide in others, their sense of helplessness, the perceived impacts to them and others, and the seriousness others take in assisting with their response.
The process of detecting if an image has been exploited can at times be quite difficult. Reverse Images search programs (e.g. tineye.com) can be used to search the web for duplication's of an image. Other instances of image exploitation can be more direct, particularly if a perpetrator engages direct with an individual with a view to leveraging their situation for some form of ransom or other benefit.
Something to be mindful of:
Online data storage services are targeted by criminals and compromises are a common occurrence. Eg. Dropbox experienced a breach in 2016 resulting in thousands of user’s accounts and photographs made public to hackers.
Here’s a number of practical measures to consider in reducing the risk of image exploitation:
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