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If you want to protect sensitive recordings of any kind, read on.
Encryption is the magic word
When storing sensitive photos, you need to take extra precautions. I don’t recommend relying on Google Drive or iCloud alone. For one, they are obvious targets for hackers. If someone gets their hands on your Google login or Apple ID, they will gain access to it annex Your photos, including those intended for certain eyes only.
The most secure option for storing images is cloud storage, which allows you to set up your private encryption key. This means that only you can unlock the photos, videos and documents stored there.
my choice is I drivea sponsor of my national radio show, but any cloud storage with private key encryption will do the job.
One caveat: make sure you don’t lose or forget the encryption key you set up. No reputable company stores your private key on their servers; it is yours and yours only.
You can Reset your encryption key settings, but this will automatically delete all data from your account. That may sound harsh, but it’s also reassuring. There is no way a hacker can see the private photos you upload because they disappear when the key changes.
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You can also compress and encrypt images
Here’s another solution if you want to stick with the cloud storage option you’re already using and can’t set a private encryption key: you can compress and encrypt your confidential images.
On a PC, try a free service such as 7-Zip. You add your files to a folder and then compress them into a ZIP file. Bonus: you don’t need to create an account or download anything to use this open source software.
Here’s how it works: Open 7-Zip, select the file or folder you want to zip and click on it Add to.
After saving the folder to your computer, you can encrypt it. To do this on a Windows PC:
- Right-click the file or folder.
- click Characteristics > Progressive.
- Select the box that says Encrypt the content to protect the data.
- Choose OK > Apply > OK.
To get the job done on a Mac, you can use Disk Utility to password protect a folder. This works like a ZIP file and uses Mac’s encryption method. This is how it works:
- press the magnifying glass in the top right corner and type Disk Utility. blow Enter.
- Click in the top menu file > New picture. Find the folder you want to encrypt and click on it Choose.
- Give the folder a name and choose where you want to save it.
- Choose under Encryption 256-bit for the strongest encryption. click Save on computerand then set a password.
Give the folder time to process. Depending on the size of the files, this may take some time.
Note: Just like the encryption I talked about above, you need to keep track of the password you use to encrypt a folder. If you lose it, you won’t be able to open the folder.
How to protect photos on your phone
When it comes to backing up photos stored on your phone, the only thing you can rely on is a password.
On an iPhone, the built-in Notes app is an easy way to do this. You just have to use the Lock Note feature.
You can even take photos from the Notes app so they don’t appear in your camera roll. Go to settings > Remarksand then slide the switch next to Save to Photos left to disable it.
To try it out, open the Notes app. Create a new note and tap camera icon > Take a photo or video.
Finally, you need to protect the note (and the photo stored there) with a password. Here’s how:
- Open Notes and select the note you want to lock.
- Tap the blackberries button and then tap Lock out.
- Enter a password and then give yourself a password hint. You can also enable Face ID or Touch ID.
- Beat Finished.
How to backup private photos on your Android
On Android, it’s best to use an app. That Keepsafe Photo Vault is a good option. It will ask permission to encrypt your photos and videos.
Select Grant access and create an account. Set up a PIN code and tap + buttonthen Import photos > Import. Now your private pictures will not appear in your camera roll. You can only view them in the Keepsafe Photo Vault.
There is a version for the iPhonealso if you want to go the app route.
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