Take Two Screenshots of the Same Image to Prevent Google Reverse Image Search and Protect Your Privacy
No one wants their privacy to be invaded and have all of their photos exposed for the world to see. In the era of social media where people post photos on so many platforms, the right to protect oneself from encroachment still exists. Not everyone wants strangers to snoop on their lives.
However, when you upload something on the internet, people can do a reverse image search and find information related to the image, such as the subject of the photo, location, and related images or websites. Understand that search engines can retrieve a multitude of information in a matter of seconds.
Google Images is one of the most popular search engines that do reverse searches. This article will teach you a trick so you can prevent a reverse image search on your photos and how DoNotPay can help you cloak your images.
What Does It Mean When Someone Does a Reverse Image Search?
Google is a great platform where you can search a multitude of images and photos just by typing in a keyword. Additionally, you can upload an image on Google to find out more information about it. That is reverse image search.
Imagine someone coming after your personal information without your knowledge, encroaching on your privacy, just because they are able to do a reverse image search. It happens more often than you might think, and you could be the victim of something like this if you are not extremely careful about how you protect your personal data. The truth is, most of us don't take all of the precautions that we are supposed to in order to keep ourselves safe.
The images you upload on platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, ShutterStock, and Pinterest contain personal information that may become available to others without your consent. When someone conducts a reverse image search, they might find:
- Pictures of you that you didn't know were taken
- Public pictures that you would rather people not see
- The location of images that you send to someone when communicating with them
In short, when someone pulls a reverse image search, there is every chance that they will find out information about you that you would rather have kept secret. If that makes you feel uncomfortable, please understand that you don't have to put up with it. You can take concrete steps right now to prevent a reverse image search from revealing those pictures.
The Screenshot Trick
One trick you can use to help evade reverse image searches is to from pulling up unflattering photos of them. Believe it or not, even just taking two screenshots of an image can be enough to disrupt the data contained within that image, and that might make it a bit easier for you to hide the images that you don't want the whole world to see.
Google is so large in its own right that there is literally no way that human beings could possibly monitor everything that is uploaded onto their databases. Thus, the system relies entirely on computers to run its operations. Those computers scour the Internet looking for images and add them to relevant keywords and phrases. When you take two screenshots of the same image, you may:
- Confuse the automated programs into thinking they already uploaded a particular image
- Get the programs to remove the photo thinking that it is a duplicate
You are pulling one over on the intricate algorithms that the people at Google have worked on for so long. Doing is a satisfying feeling in many ways. Many of those images should never exist on the Google servers in the first place and you are doing nothing more than removing personal material and protecting yourself.
Contact Google on Your Own
If you want to block Google image search or reach out to Google to remove certain images, you may also try the following links:
|Customer Service Support||Google Help|
|Google Help Center||Remove Image Support|
|Remove image with sensitive information||Request Form|
|Remove image for intellectual property issues||Legal Help|
|Remove image for other legal reasons||Request Form|
If you think or contacting Google is too much work (and it is), DoNotPay offers a better, faster, easier, and more successful solution to protect your privacy.
DoNotPay Can Make It Easier For You
DoNotPay has a product called Photo Ninja which works incredibly well in removing photos that you don't want floating around on the Internet. You can beat the reverse image search using DoNotPay.
If you want to protect yourself against reverse image search engines but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered. Create your own cancellation letter in 3 easy steps:
- Open Photo Ninja on DoNotPay.
- Upload the photo or image you want to cloak and press submit.
- 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!
DoNotPay Has Plenty of Services to Serve You
DoNotPay can help people get images removed from the Internet that should not be there, but they do a lot more than just that. DoNotPay can help with:
- Analyzing TOS
- Closing Bank Accounts
- Copyright Protection
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This is just a short list of what DoNotPay can offer. You don’t have to do things on your own. Sign up now to find out how else DoNotPay can provide assistance.