In order to design a sexting plan, you’ll have to do a little “threat modeling,” or deciding what data you’re trying to protect and from whom
Once we attached cameras to computers, people predictably started sending each other nudes over the internet. Research now indicates the majority of Americans are sending and receiving explicit messages online: 88 percent of the 870 people who participated in a 2015 Drexel University study said they’ve sexted.
But there’s evidence that our messages are being seen by more than just the people they’re intended for. Nearly 25 percent of sext recipients say they’ve shared messages with someone else, according to a 2016 study that polled nearly 6,000 single adults.
It’s not just shitty significant others passing around nude photos to their friends. In 2014 for example, hackers stole and then leaked over 500 explicit images of mostly female celebrities. The infamous hack was reportedly executed by phishing the victims and exploiting a flaw in iCloud. Similar hacks have continued to happen.
There are plenty of people who will rush to say that you should never sext, and blame those who face negative consequences for participating in the behavior in the first place
It’s often incredibly painful for someone to have their most intimate images and messages made public or shared with people they were never intended for. Acts of so-called revenge porn-when abusers share explicit photos and videos of their former partners-have serious emotional consequences for victims. The majority of US states now have some form of law against revenge porn.
Thankfully, there are steps you can take to make sexting safer. Continue reading Poor cybersecurity can also cause sexts to end up in the wrong hands