6 Things To Consider Before Uploading Pictures On Internet

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If you're an avid web surfer and social media enthusiast, you must be uploading pictures and illustrations on different websites to share with your friends and peers. Photographs play an important role in networking with other people on internet, but one must take several precautions to make most out of this effective medium. An average user simply uploads the pictures without considering the positive and negative aspects that may arise if these pictures are used in a wrong way. Fortunately, one can easily ensure that no one gets the chance of stealing your picture uploads and the probability for the same is reduced to the minimum. The other aspect is related to image optimization for image uploads that are easily downloadable and viewable by the community. So let's see some of the best tips to make your images optimized and secure before you publish them on the internet.

Remove EXIF data - Some image and sound file formats supports storage of extra meta data associated with the image apart from the actual image data. This is called Exchangeable image file format (EXIF) that stores date, time, geolocation, and various other technical specifications related to the picture. Sometimes you may not want to share the location and time period when the picture was taken from a specific digital device. If that is the case, you must wipe out this EXIF data from the image file. There are several good software applications that let you edit and delete this EXIF meta data from the pictures. This way you can easily ensure that your images are secure and no sensitive information associated with your images is leaked on the internet.

Scale, re-size or crop - Sometimes users directly upload a large image taken from a high resolution digital camera. You must scale down such images and must re-size them to manageable dimensions so that your friends can view them easily without any need of scrolling. If required, you must crop or cut specific parts from a large image so that only the desired portion is uploaded on the internet. Image scaling and cropping are very basic editing functions and are available in almost every image editor. The only thing is that you must consider improving your image through these editing functions before you upload them on your favorite website.

Web optimize - Whenever web designers talk about web-optimization of images, they generally mean reducing the size of image keeping the quality of image good enough for viewing. This reduction is image size is done through various lossless compression techniques that reduces the image file size but keeps the quality in fairly good condition. You can use various online image optimization tools for reducing your image size before uploading them to your social media account. Reduction in image size helps in quick upload and download of files making the browsing experience much better for the users. This also saves your precious bandwidth if you're using these photos on your website or a blog.

Check photo visibility - This is a very important precaution that must be taken care of to avoid any awkward condition on social media networks. While uploading your family or personal photographs you must check the default visibility of the image. If possible, set the default upload visibility to private so that you can easily edit and customize the visibility later on as per your requirements. You can do this very easily on Facebook where sometimes users do not pay enough attention on the visibility of their private photographs. By combining the removal of EXIF data and fine-tuning of photo visibility you can ensure that people cannot tamper or misuse your private or sensitive photographs.

Consider watermarking - If you're a web publisher using pictures and illustrations on your business website, you must ensure that you're watermarking each and every file you upload and use with your articles and posts. This is more essential if you frequently use infographics because such kind of images are mostly stolen and used on other websites. Watermarking process simply insert a trademark or site address generally in a transparent or semi-transparent form so that everyone can know about the owner of the image. There are several good image watermarking software programs that can be used even by a layman to secure and stamp their images.

Avoid private or sensitive uploads - Although you can securely upload and store your private photographs on various online cloud storage services, still it is strongly advisable to avoid uploading such photographs on popular social networks. Several cases have been reported in the past where large number of social media accounts was hacked resulting in leakage of personal information including private albums hosted in those hacked accounts. Before you decide to upload your personal photographs, you must consider the negative implications that may arise if they're publicly accessible. Sometimes pictures related to sensitive business information can be misused by competitors if they're accessible to anyone. So be vigilant and think before you press the upload button.

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