Has messaging app photo capability entered in to a new age of cyber sabotage? As technology continues to evolve and more apps clutter our phones it becomes a challenge to manage them all. I personally have 5 messaging apps and following all the streams of conversations usually receives nothing more than a quick glance and a hastily typed response. I shall now be more aware (imagine suspenseful music playing now). Though most of us use our apps the same way as when we downloaded them, the truth is that they continue to evolve with expanded functionality and those that use them discover new and clever ways to use them. When images are posted to a messaging app they are, by default, saved on your phone. So what happens when someone hijacks a Whatsapp group for less than honorable means?
I often have several Whatsapp groups going and I only pay as much attention as needed to follow the conversation. In a group conversation only the most recent comments show, unless you scroll up (which I never do). It is quite easy to “Photo Bomb” someone without them ever knowing by adding an image to the conversation and then quickly “hiding” it with a few additional comments thereby pushing it up off the screen and out of veiw. Then later, as I did, open the image folder on your phone to post a picture only to be faced with “OMG!”. In my case it was a bunch of men’s asses. So after I got over the surprise of having pictures of some unknown man’s ass on my phone (no giggles) I smiled. . . and then became concerned. These images were planted on my phone without my knowledge or consent, albeit because of my lack of attention. If my phone was backed up to the cloud they would be across all my devices. Most alarming is that if I had not opened my phone’s photo library, which many of us do not, these would remain on my phone without my knowledge. Hopefully, this little trick will be used for good fun, but there are too many ways to use if to bad. And even the harmless images of a man’s posterior on my phone under certain circumstances would have been just wrong.