How to Keep Your Own Sex Tape from Going Viral
Remember that time you recorded yourself and a special friend doing the dance without pants and the entire Internet saw it? Unless your last name ends in Kardashian or Hilton, the answer is probably no.
In the newly released comedy Sex Tape, a married couple played by Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz spice up their lackluster love life by making a dirty video. He leaves the file on his computer, which automatically backs up a copy to the cloud and syncs to their friends’ iPads while they sleep. The next thing you know, they’re the involuntary sex gods of the Internet.
Could it happen to you? The chances are higher than you might think. According to McAfee’s February 2014 “Love, Relationships and Technology” survey, fully half of all adults have used a mobile device to send or receive intimate content. Sixteen percent of men say they sent it to a total stranger on purpose.
Anthony Weiner, your smartphone is vibrating. Please don’t answer.
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Let’s say you want to capture yourself in flagrante delicto without having your hooha buttered all over the Interwebs. You can still photograph your privates without sacrificing your privacy — if you’re careful. Here are seven ways to avoid Internetus Interruptus.
1. Lock your phone.
Leaving your phone laying around without locking the home screen is just begging for someone to sample your salacious snaps while you’re in the loo. Yet more than three out of 10 smartphone owners leave their mobiles wide open, according to McAfee. Remember the videos from that Game of Thrones cosplay party that got a little too wild? So will everyone else, if you don’t password-protect your phone.
2. Don’t share passwords.
You shouldn’t share passwords with anyone, most especially your significant other, yet more than half of adults do, McAfee says. Sure, you’re all lovey-dovey now, but in six months you’ll be using an X-ACTO blade to remove his face from group photos. He’ll be buying a houseplant and naming it after you, just so he can watch it slowly die. This is how revenge porn starts. If you’ve shared more than bodily fluids with your soon-to-be ex, you’ll want to change all your logins before you drop the “It’s not you, it’s me” hammer. (Make sure to persuade him to delete those raunchy pix from his phone first, if you can.)