I’m not sure about you, but there is one thing I always constantly worry about when I use Facebook; my identity. Sure, we’re living in an age when most people we know have one or a few accounts online, and the risk of someone stealing our identity is lowered, but that still doesn’t mean that people can use my photo for something that I would rather not. However, Facebook’s new feature is a well-meaning attempt at lowering the risk if identity theft and ensuring user trust.
Starting first in India, Facebook is offering an electronic guard over people’s Facebook profiles in a bid to halt people from copying, sharing, or otherwise misusing their images. The media and technology company is starting this feature within India, in a response from Indian women saying that they were reluctant to share their images online in the fear that it could be misused. It’s a feature, for the time being, has to be elected by the user and it will virtually stop anyone from sending, sharing or downloading their picture. Those users with this protection will have a blue border around their picture which people pointed out could attract malicious activity rather than hinder it.
However, the technology is still not fool proof. Though there are ways in which the feature can block screenshots, on Andriod phones at least, quote “where possible”, it’s still believed that screenshots can be taken on desktops. And what’s stopping anyone from taking their own picture of your profile picture?
However, in saying that, this measure might deter even the most basic of opportunists and works well against electronic systems or viruses that aim to locate and collect people’s images. Though there is a long way to go for this technology to become 100% foolproof, a feat that is near impossible due to human intervention within this issue, Facebook seems to be taking the necessary steps to ensure the privacy of its users are protected as physically as they can.
If this option rolls out globally, you enable it by clicking on your profile picture and clicking “Turn On Profile Picture Guard”. It’s that simple.