(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)