Second — and this is obvious — they’re immediately and personally identifiable.
Even if your face isn’t, ahem, in the photo, other information about you, like your cellphone number, is probably tied to it.
Sexting — the questionably sexy practice of sending nude photos of oneself to lovers/Twitter followers/scandalized parents — is not exactly renowned for its good sense.
Police have pursued — recklessly, in some recent cases — the creators and senders of underage sexts.
Snapchat, the app that makes photos “self-destruct” after a few seconds, was a popular haven for sexters before someone discovered that screenshots could be taken secretly, without notifying the sender.
Cover Me — a more complicated, more adult, and more secure play on the same concept — suffers from similar problems.
With that said, here are a few tips for Facebook Messenger users to help you better preserve your privacy: If you’re an Android user, you can download Sophos Mobile Security for Android to protect your device.As Facebook points out, Google Play requires users to accept all permissions the app might need before downloading – even if some of those features are never accessed by the user.In its help article about the Android permissions, Facebook also says the way permissions are described is controlled by Google, even though they don’t “necessarily reflect the way the Messenger app and other apps use them”: By contrast, Apple takes a much more granular approach to permissions for i OS apps.The app will encrypt phone calls and text messages, destroy messages after they’ve been read, and even recall messages you regret sending — but, as the company warns repeatedly in its FAQ, “Cover Me cannot prevent the user on the other side from taking screenshots of a message, taking a photo or scanning their screen.” In other words, screenshots are the sexter’s Achilles heel.Whatever other steps you take, there is no technical way to prevent someone from screenshotting your sexts.