10 ways to protect oneself against revenge porn

18:50 Jan 28 2014 New York, NY, USA

A revenge porn victim from the US decided to share with other women some instructions to protect oneself from it:

#1: Educate the men in your life. Talk to your brothers, male friends, and sons about revenge porn and the consequences it has for women.

#2: If there's a password-protect feature on your computer, applications, photos, etc: use it. And make sure your password isn't easily guessed. It sounds like a no-brainer, but remember -- if a close friend/partner is interested in hacking you, they may be able to guess it if you used, say, an old address or the name of your first pet. There are dozens of online articles listing the most common passwords. Make sure yours isn't on it.

#3: Delete everything. Purge old emails with attachments to the photos, then be sure to empty the recycle bin.

#4: Consistently update your software. While frequently upgrading your firewalls, operating systems, and antivirus software won't always outsmart the most technologically savvy of hackers, it will pack a punch against less experienced ones.

#5: Watch for warning signs on your webcam. We all know Skype sessions often go on the fritz, but if your camera is consistently blinking or lighting up for brief or extended periods when not in use, something isn’t right.

#6: If you're not using your computer, shut it off completely. Nowadays it's possible for webcam hackers to remotely activate your camera. If your computer isn't on, you're less at risk.

#7: Purchase a webcam cover sticker. Post-it Notes are a cheaper option, but they often don't cover everything fully and can damage the lens of your webcam. seems to have the most variety and best prices.

#8: Stay off sketchy sites. Be aware that illegal downloading and streaming sites often prompt you to download applications that can sometimes remotely access your computer.

#9: Purchase webcam protection software. This is for the more paranoid among us, a class of which I am admittedly, a member.

#10: If you've been hacked, don't blame yourself. First of all, I am so sorry. Please remember you did nothing to deserve this, you are not at fault, and you are survivor, even if right now you feel like a victim. There are multiple sites for survivors, like and Connect with other survivors and learn about your legal options. The incomparable Charlotte Laws has spoken about copyrighting your photos and images through the US copyright office, as this can make legal loopholes more difficult to wiggle through. It costs around $40. Write to your state representatives. Urge them to take action and review the legislation to reflect the digital age.
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