Sunday, January 8, 2012
Alec Couros uploaded some picture of his daughter on Flickr and made them public – maybe because some of his family members and friends are not on Flickr. Later, he recieved a notification that one of the pictures have been favourited by someone. When he checked the profile of that person, he was shocked to discover that the user has also favourited many photos of pre-teens in bath/swim suits.
Further, Alec blocked the pervert user and reported his account to Flickr, who banned him soon afterwards. But later, Alec faced the same trouble once again.
I get another email, telling me that more of my daughter’s photos had been favorited. Same story. I check out the user, no photos, but many favorites. It gets worse.
So what precaution must you take to prevent circumstances such as this?
The answer is simple. Just don’t make your family photos public on the internet. Though members of your family, who are not registered on the site, may not be able to view them, it is still better than having the perverts of the internet have their privy eyes over your beloved family.
But in case of Alec, he didn’t want to make his photos private.
I admit, I live my life (in the) Open. I have been lucky that I have never had to block a person from Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc., before this time. Sure, there has been the odd griefer here and there, but usually, these problems resolve themselves if you deal with them appropriately, or in some cases, ignore them.
If Alec didn’t make his pictures public, he wouldn’t have dealt this situation. [Via]