22 Mar How to Take and Send Nudes, Safely
From the first documented nude in 1828 to our modern use of Snapchat, variations of sexting have been a staple in budding, long-distance, and every other type of relationship. Sending nudes is a great way to get in the mood for sexytimes, maintain a strong bond while apart, and size up a prospective partner (wink, wink). Unfortunately, it’s sometimes also a good way to get sensitive photos leaked.
Whether it’s due to a vengeful past partner, scammer, or predatory media platform, not every nude you send is safe from exposure to the rest of the world. That’s why it’s important to take precautions and have a secure system in place for when you get caught up in the heat of the moment.
The first step in safely sending nude pictures is to know and trust your audience. There’s nothing worse than receiving an unsolicited dick pic, so it’s important to discuss limits with your partner and have their consent before you get R-rated.
Learning how to take these nudes to send is another story. Creating the perfect sexy selfie can be a labor of love, with experts suggesting everything from selfie sticks for the perfect angle to semi-sheer curtains for natural light without the glare on your phone screen. Regardless, once you have a masterpiece ready to wow your partner with, it’s worth taking the time to secure it.
When taking nude photos, always practice a few basic security measures such as cropping or covering your face and hiding any identifiable features like tattoos and beauty marks. Some artfully shifted clothes may help your Snapchat nude game here, as well as a tilted-angle close-up or taking your photo in front of a mirror with the camera flash on. If your environment is easily identifiable (such as signed papers on your desk or your treasured collection of replica Daleks), you’ll also want to blur the background or take photos against a nondescript wall; bathroom shower tiles should do the trick.
Now we have to get technical. Before taking and sending any nudes, you’ll want to turn location services off on your phone; alternatively, if you’re a bit savvier, you can remove metadata from your picture in post. Otherwise, someone viewing the photo could learn your location even without showing anything identifiable. To be safe, you’ll also want to turn off any automatic syncing between your photo app and cloud services, especially those shared with family.
With that done, you’re ready to send your nude! The only remaining question is where to do so. The safest options are platforms with end-to-end encryption, which protects your nude both from an interception on its way to your partner and from the platform itself. This means Facebook nudes, for example, are entirely out of the question (plus, you might get a suspension for your trouble). With Snapchat nudes, you do know when the recipient has taken a screenshot; but even with a viewing time limit, Snapchat cannot prevent them from taking it in the first place.
There are some apps, such as Disckreet (with a free version available), specifically designed for sending nudes. This platform gives you complete control, even allowing you to delete your pics from the recipient’s phone. Another good option is Signal, where you can select options that delete your message shortly after viewing, prevent screenshots, and more.
However, you choose to send nudes, prioritize your privacy. Safety is sexy, people!