Due to the Jennifer Lawrence scandal, Igniyte wants to take the time to explain why you should keep an eye on the places your pictures are stored online.

A Private Picture Can Damage Your Reputation Online

With smartphones, it is easier than ever to take a candid snap, and with social media and cloud tools, it is easier than ever to upload them to the internet. This means that it is easier than ever for one private picture to damage your online reputation.

If by chance, someone were to get a hold of such a private image of you, they have the power to do whatever they want with it. Should they put it online, you can bet that it would generate interest on social media. Thus, the authority of social media would ensure that it ranks on page one of Google for your search term.

Jennifer Lawrence Private Pictures Leaked Online

To illustrate the damning effect of leaking private pictures online, all we have to do is turn to Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence. This week, the social media verse has been set ablaze, as nude pictures of Lawrence on Apple’s iCloud programme were hacked, and subsequently leaked online.

Lawrence immediately announced that she and her team would be taking legal action over the leak. In a statement to BBC newsbeat, a spokesperson for the starlet added that “this is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”

Avoid Being Put in the Same Position as Jennifer Lawrence

Strong action to be sure, but the damage has already been done. Even a celebrity with the star power of an A-lister’s search term could not remain untarnished by a scandal of this proportion, as users clamoured to view  the nude snaps for themselves, and online outlets rushed  to write about the leak.

You may not be Jennifer Lawrence, but the taboo nature of a private picture means that should it be leaked, it is sure to generate interest and impact your personal online reputation whoever you are. This is why you must always strive to keep an eye on the places online where your pictures are stored, as well as tightly control who has access to them. If you don’t, you could be put in the same position as Jennifer Lawrence.