We are living in the era of social media. It is a part of our everyday life. We love to share every tiny detail of our life on social media platforms. Be it about our feelings, achievements, relationships, or just random life stuff and usually pair them with our photos. Some people use social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., to maintain their photo albums. But is it the correct practice? Is it safe to share all your photos online?
Security Threats of Social Media
We are so used to clicking photos and sharing them on social media that we don't even about the security risks. Is it threatening to your personal, social, and even workplace security? Your identity can be traced and misused for malicious activities. Moreover, your tagged location on photos can make you an easy victim for criminals. And the cherry on top is the vulnerability of your personal data to be sold to third parties by these social media platforms.
Social Media as a Photo Backup
Often people share their photos on social media to connect with the world. But some people keep their photos private on social media and use them as their photo storage. They use these platforms as a free resource for keeping and maintaining photo albums. But are these platforms really free? There is a saying that goes like this: "If a "product" is being offered for free, you are the product."
The answer is No! Everything has a cost, and social media cost you your security. It is certainly not the right place for your photo backup and storage. Though it is easy and appears to be free, it is not. At the very minimum, you are risking identity theft. So, what is the solution?
Solution for Digital Photo Storage
This is the digital era, and we have already shifted from analog to digital photos. Now the concern is how to manage these digital photo libraries. Until recently we used to store our digital photo albums on our phones and external storage devices. But these storage devices are not reliable as they can be lost, stolen, or damaged. People are now looking for online photo storage options to deal with digital photo management issues.
The best way to preserve all your digital data is through the 3-2-1 backup method. What does that look like? It means having at least three copies of your data, two local (on-site) but on different media (read: devices), and at least one copy off-site. You can also use the services of a photo organizer if you are overwhelmed looking for a way to store all of your digital photos or need assistance managing your photos.
Social media is now a part of our everyday life, and we cannot part from it. But while using these social media platforms, we must be conscious about what we are sharing and what can be its plausible effects. We must understand that it is not our photo storage and use the right tools for maintaining digital photo albums.
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