Think for a moment: how many photos do you store on your iPhone that you wouldn’t want to the world to see? Whether they’re photos taken from the wrong angle or those that were intended to stay private, how do you know that your phone can protect them? You don’t. That’s why you should learn how to hide and protect your pictures yourself.
You may be wondering – “why on earth would I hide the photos on my device?” Both the device and the sensitive data it contains belong to you, so no one will ever see them unless you allow them, right? Wrong.
Your photos could easily leak, and it may not even be your fault. It’s enough for your phone to be connected to the internet or for you to share your photos with family, friends, or your other half. But how can they leak? Here are a couple of scenarios that could happen to anyone:
There are a few ways to hide photos on your phone. One of the simplest ways is to use the Hide option in your iPhone gallery. It won’t protect your data from intruders, but will help you avoid embarrassing moments, such as showing cute cat pictures to your colleague and accidentally scrolling too far. The feature will tidy up your main photo library, hiding your photos in an album named Hidden.
Here’s how to do that:
The Notes app on your phone offers you a bit more security than the previous option. You can move your photos to a note and lock it with a passcode, a Face ID, or a fingerprint. However, it’s still not a foolproof method, as you cannot keep adding multiple photos to the same secret note. So what you’ll need to do is create an album in Notes that will be dedicated to password-protected photos.
Another workaround is to use third-party apps. Some of them are free, some paid, and some will even allow you to create secret folders that are easily managed and only accessed with a passcode. Here are a few you can try:
You can also use NordVPN’s Meshnet feature to securely access photos stored on other devices. For example, you could keep your files on a home computer and then view them from your smartphone through Meshnet.
Locking and hiding your photos is only one of the prevention methods you can use to keep your data private. But if you truly want to protect your phone and the data it contains, here are a few things you should also do:
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