However, we also know some of you are going to do it anyway—so again, just like sex in the real world, we think it's important to educate you on how to do it safely.
This should go without saying, but if you want to remain anonymous in the event your photos end up in the wrong hands, be sure that no one can confirm it's you at a glance. Also be aware of any tattoos, birth marks, abnormalities, or unique features on your body that someone may recognize.
All it takes is one person to recognize that unicorn tattoo just above your left hip to tie a name to that photo.
It may be a less-ugly method—compared to, say, putting a giant black block over your head—but a blurry photo can be reverse-engineered.This is most important when dealing with numbers and text (which is why you should never photograph your credit card, even if you blur the number).At the moment, technology to reveal your pretty face all over again isn't exactly mature, but eliminating blur is an entire field of research.One that, at least in certain forms, is very promising for companies like Adobe.You can feel pretty safe if you apply a Gaussian blur to your visage for now, but in five or ten years, it could be a snap to undo that process. Either shoot the image so your face is out of frame, or block it out entirely with a solid color. Let's say you've properly hidden your identifying features in a photo.
That still doesn't necessarily mean it can't be traced back to you.
Geolocation information can show where a picture was taken and camera information can identify the device that it was taken with.
There have even been known Photoshop bugs that save the full, uncropped image as a thumbnail bundled with the edited image.
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The rule with sexting is that if you don't want everyone to see photos of you, don't send them to anyone.