Mark Zuckerberg may have (allegedly) stolen the idea for facebook, but you don't have to let other people steal your images...
In addition to the larger image size platform, facebook has introduced an option to click-and-download high resolution images. Though the features will be a boon to many users, privacy is a major concern. Here is why you may want to be worried...
1. Users can zoom in on your features, with high resolution images.
To the delight of facebook creeps everywhere, now anytime you post an image of you and your bikini clad girlfriends from spring break, your friends can download your photos and "closely inspect your vacation assets." Self conscious individuals, may also not be keen of their friends being able to zoom in on their face and see what their wrinkles look like up close.
2. Users can steal and sell your high resolution images.
Any photograph you share, can now be downloaded, stolen, and sold. This means family photographs of your children may be distributed across the world without your permission. See my article
on why you should never put high res photo on the web in the first place.
*3. Facebook never (really) deletes your photographs.
Hey, let's be honest. Do you really think everything you've ever posted isn't saved on a server somewhere at facebook hq? It would only make sense, since the government and law enforcement would inevitably have to use certain images/posts someday in the case of emergency. Thanks to facebook's new feature, those college boozing/schmoozing photographs you deleted might be available in high resolution forever. That means 400 years from now, if my assumption is correct, your ancestors will be checking out your mistakes (you thought you deleted) in ultra high resolution detail.
Facebook is a great social network utility; however, it's become obvious personal privacy is a thing of the past. The only way to protect yourself (and your photos) is to be smart. Keep your photographs safe from piracy and respect to your privacy, by resizing your images to low res a maximum 700px on the longest side before uploading them to facebook. There are many programs that do this automatically. It's an extra step, but it's worth it if you want to keep your photographs from being abused.
*note: this fact can't be independently confirmed since facebook keeps that information private.
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