Does Changing LSB Fool Reverse Image Search?

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Does Changing LSB Fool Reverse Image Search?

Privacy may very well be the most underrated privilege one can enjoy in these modern times. As it stands, anyone with a smartphone and some decent internet connection can run a single image of you through reverse image search engines and discover almost everything about you – name, pictures, and even your home address. If you know a thing about identity theft, then you surely don't want this information out there.

The good thing is that there are a couple of tricks proven to work against a reverse image search. This way, when somebody looks up a picture of you, no results will pop up. This includes any information on your Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Stockphoto.

Wondering? Let's take a look at a few ways you can prevent reverse image search and how DoNotPay can help make it all easier.

What Is a Reverse Image Search?

Much like the name suggests, is a search engine made by Google that helps a user find more information about an image on the internet. Once you run the image through the software, you can find everything from the real origins of the photo, other photos related to the image, and know whether the sender is actually who they say they are.

How it Works:

  1. Someone sent you their photo
  2. You make a copy of the image
  3. Run the image through a reverse image search
  4. The search engine will load and display any other results of the image on the internet.

For the most part, reverse image search can be a powerful tool to help you validate someone's identity. For instance, if you meet someone online and you want to confirm that they are not catfishing you, reverse image search can help do just that. However, on the other hand, if used against you, it can reveal information that you'd otherwise wish to remain private. Like those embarrassing college pictures, you'd prefer to keep private. This is why knowing how to fool reverse image search is such an invaluable skill.

Does Changing LSB Fool Reverse Image Search

To answer this question, we first have to understand what LSB is. If you don't already know, LSB or Least Significant Bit technique is a substitution method in image hiding, whereby a secret image is embedded in the least significant bits of the original image. Without getting too technical, it can be understood as a means of passing secret messages through images and videos over the internet by replacing the very small, unnoticeable bits of pixels in the image with other small bits.

Now, since the LSB technique involves replacing pixel bits with other bits, it should, to some extent, fool reverse image search. However, the process is quite technical and might take a lot of time and effort to master. Luckily, there are simpler methods you can use to manipulate an image, using basic photo editing software.

How to Keep Your Images From Popping up on Reverse Image Searches

You've probably heard of the phrase the 'internet never forgets.' This implies that once you upload an image to the internet, it is likely to be there forever. True as this may be, there are still a few things you can do to make your photos harder to reverse search or to block Google image search. A few ways you can do this include:

Editing Your Image

  • You can perform simple edits to the image, such as
  • Cropping out a section of the image you don't want the reverse image search to find
  • Delete any pictures on Instagram. Currently, Instagram pictures are not traceable by search engines
  • Change the picture's hex code
  • Tilt the picture horizontally
  • Change the image's color saturation
  • Lower the resolution of the image and add a color filter

Other Methods

Other than that, there are other more technical methods including:

  1. Adding transparent layer to the photo to prevent google image search
  2. Taking two screenshots of the same image

Now, it is important to note that while the above methods have proven effective, they are not guaranteed to work all the time. Also, you'll need to use various software to edit the photo. And all this can be pretty hard if you've never used a photo editor before.

You can ask questions with Google through:

CommunityCommunity FAQs
Google Photos SupportSupport
Google SupportHelp Page

If you find it all a little daunting, you'd be pleased to know that you don't have to do it yourself. Simply sign up with DoNotPay and let us do it for you.

Let Donotpay Help Beat Image Reverse

Now, as we've seen above, there are various ways you can trick reverse image search software into not recognizing your photo. But often, these means will have you changing the appearance of your image, or using unfamiliar computer software.

Well, you can save yourself the hassle by leaving it all to DoNotPay. Our Photo Ninja software will work to add less obvious layers of alterations to the photo, making it extremely difficult for reverse image search software to detect. Once we shield your image with photo ninja, you can rest assured that no results will come up when you run it through Google search.

The best part about using DoNotPay is that it is extremely easy to use. It all falls down to a few simple steps:

  1. Open Photo Ninja on DoNotPay.
  2. Upload the photo or image you want to cloak and press submit.
  3. Our algorithms will automatically insert hidden changes and cloak your image, so it's no longer recognizable by reverse search engines. The newly generated image will be downloadable from your disputes page!

What Else Does DoNotPay Do?

Other than helping trick image reverse software, DoNotPay boasts an army of automated bots that can help with almost any tedious online tasks out there. They include:

And that is just a glimpse of what is capable of. Our app is effective, convenient and easy to use, and will help protect your images from reverse image searching on all major social media platforms and search engines. So what are you waiting for? Join us today and let us take care of your problem!

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