Tip of the Day: Keep Your Photos Safe on Your iPhone

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In the wake of the recent hacking and distribution of celebrities' nude photos, you may be wondering how safe your own private photos are. Granted, it's unlikely the unauthorized publication of your photos on the Internet would get same attention as the publication of Jennifer Lawrence's, but it has been know to happen even to the average unknown. Here are a few steps you can take to keep your photos private:

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1. Prevent Your Photos from Automatically Backing Up to iCloud or Delete Them from Photo Stream.

Go to Settings>iCloud>Photos and toggle My Photo Stream off. Your photos will no longer be automatically uploaded to the cloud. This will delete your entire Photo Stream (all the photos you have in the cloud). You will still have your Camera Roll, which is where photos live on your device, but if your device is lost, so are your photos. The alternative is to manually delete individual photos from your Photo Stream on a regular basis.

2. Create Secure Passwords.

Since unfamous people like us are most likely to be hacked by people we know, choose your password carefully.

3. Enable Two-Step Verification.

Again, you're most likely to be hacked by an angry ex then anyone else, so anything you can do to make your Apple account more secure helps.

 

What steps are you taking to keep your photos and other information secure?

 

Top image credit: Feel Photo Art/Shutterstock.com.

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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on iPhoneLife.com! Since 2013 she has co-hosted the iPhone Life Podcast, written an iPhone advice column and countless gear reviews and feature articles for iPhone Life magazine, and provided one-on-one iPhone-related assistance for our premium subscribers. In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far. In her free time, she loves walking her dogs, painting, baking bread, and catching Pokémon. Sarah holds a BA in French from Minnesota State University, Mankato.