Sending Nude Photos? Make Sure You’re Using This App

(Psst. I have a new book coming out. It’s called “The End of Privacy” and you can pre-order it here. As part of the book’s release, I’ll occasionally pop in here with a note or app that you should know about that’s related to protecting your shit online.)

The other day, I was watching TV with my parents. I bought my parents an Apple TV, so that it would be easier for them to access things like Hulu, Amazon Prime, and the odd old movie that only they remember exists and isn’t available anywhere else but digitally.

The Apple TV is hooked up to my account. So as some of you know who have the device, you can set the Apple TV to run photos from your camera roll as a screensaver for when everyone goes on a bathroom or snack break.

Here’s the thing: I totally forgot I had this setting on. And as my pictures started to scroll on the 60″ television, a sense of dread started to form. “Oh shit, did I delete those last few pictures of my dick?”

I did. You’ll be pleased to know. But if I didn’t, and they got saved in my camera roll, then my parents and I would have to have an uncomfortable talk about my anatomy and why I was sending pictures of it in the first place.

Since we all know, and love, sending nude photos to each other, I have some good news. Nude, as reported by The Verge, is a new iOS app that will scan your camera roll for … let’s say inappropriate photos, and move them to a secure digital vault.

That’s great, but that’s not the important thing to know. The important thing is that you can’t, and should NOT, trust companies that store your digital information in the cloud. Some of them have pretty awful security, some of them look through that data as part of their efforts to better target you with advertisements, and some of them store your shit on their servers for an indefinite amount of time.

The important thing to know is that the makers of Nude claim the app doesn’t send anything to their servers, meaning you don’t have to worry about any of the above because they’re not holding, or looking at, your photos.

An Android version of the App is forthcoming (right now on Nude’s website the Android link doesn’t work), but for those of you with an Apple device, I strongly recommend downloading and using this app on the reg to make sure everything is where it should be.

Otherwise, you might get an unpleasant surprise as part of your device’s screensaver.

Nude (iOS app)

 

(Photo Credit: Pezibear/Pixabay)

Surprise! I Have a New Book on Privacy Out in October

This might take some explaining.

A couple of years ago, I was up at the University of Buffalo taking graduate classes in Higher Education. Basically, because I was bored, but that’s a different story. While there, a company approached me about writing a short book on privacy. So I said yes, wrote the book, and then the company more or less folded not long after I handed them the manuscript.

At that point, I just assumed the book was dead and, honestly, I forgot it existed. When people ask me how many books I’ve done, I told them two. The one I ghostwrote (which is coming out … eventually), and “Social Media Is Bullshit” that St. Martin’s Press put out. But I’ve actually done three.

That third one is called “The End of Privacy” and you can pre-order it here. The book is about exactly what you think it’s about: You have no privacy. You never had any privacy (since the American government has been violating your privacy since World War 1), and we’ve made it possible for billion dollar companies to form on the back of your data.

“The End of Privacy” is meant to be a brief explainer book on the subject of privacy. It’s only 100 pages, and it’s a quick read.

I’m going to do some media to promote this, but I won’t be blogging about it. Privacy is one of those weird subjects where everyone cares about it, but everyone also knows there’s not much we can do about shit like Equifax. Especially in the United States. Overseas it’s a bit of a different story.

So, that’s why this book is only 100 pages. I tried to condense everything into one place, so you know what’s going on and can knowingly talk about it, but I don’t spend much time getting into the weeds. There’s a bunch of books on privacy that are already out there, and if you read them, you’ll find they really struggle to talk about the issue and fill up a book. A lot of the time you get the author just droning about some tangential shit to fill space, and I’m not that kind of person.

So, I’m now the author of three books. You can check out this book soon, and if you see my dumb face popping up in different media outlets to talk about privacy, you know why.