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Old 09-24-2013, 10:07 AM
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There appears to be a situation with PhotoBucket that not all our members are aware of. RFC members should be aware of the "Public/Private" nature of using PB as a hosting service for pictures linked to RFC.

I am definitely not a computer guru. PhotoBucket keeps changing every time I get it about half way figured out. I believe the latest change was made around last January. It appears to me that they are trying to cash in on the "social networking" craze.

When opening a new PB account or creating a new subdirectory, the default appears to be "public". There is also a default user account setting that is set to "link back to album".

I have noticed when moving the pointer over an image posted on RFC that it turns to the pointing finger, indicating a clickable link. This means that the "link back to album" option in the PB user setting has been checked. Clicking on the photo displays the same picture in the user's PB account. It also exposes the user's directory path in the upper left corner. IF... the album is "public", clicking on the directory path reveals the user's entire PB account subdirectory. ALL albums not marked as "private" (indicated by an icon of a closed lock) can then be viewed by anyone.

I apologize if it appears that I'm snooping, but the same thing was happening to my own account until I caught on and reset the privacy tabs. Any member unaware of this may be unintentionally exposing personal pictures or information to the public.

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I went to the help section (of PB) and read all the "self help" stuff to figure out what was going on with my own account. Here is what I did to make mine private.

There is more than one way to get the same results, but I'll tell you the easiest universal fix.

* Log into your account.

* Your account user name will display at the upper right of the initial screen.

* Click on your user name.

* Click on "user settings" on the drop down menu which appears.

* Click on the "Privacy" tab when the next page appears

* Scroll to the bottom of the page and select "make all private"

Click "save"

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At this point the RFC photo is still linked back to PB, but the album is now private and no one can progress into your albums or into your main directory.

To prevent the link back (works for future uploads only):

Scroll back to the top of the page if previously clicking the "save" didn't take you there.

Click on the "Albums" tab.

Near the bottom Uncheck the "Link back to albums" box

Click save and you should be done.

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This only stops the link back for future uploads to RFC, etc. The reason for this is that some sort of a code is imbedded in the previously uploaded pictures. You can (if you really want to) edit any post in RFC and delete the picture and re-upload with the new security settings. However, the "Private" setting should prevent leaving the one photo in PB and viewing the rest of your albums.

This is not intended as a PhotoBucket tutorial, but I should note that albums can individually be set to "public" or "private", as well as "password protected", in order to customize the users intended access to his PB account. Study the PB Help section for more guidance.

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Here's a another tip. Get your personal information OUT of the photo, before you post it, or send it to Phobucket, etc.

Here's how:

After you've downloaded your photo, from your camera to your computer:

- open the the file and view the picture
- right click over the picture
- click on Properties
- click on Details
- at the bottom of the menu box, you will see Remove properties and personal information click on that
- A second op box will default with: Creat a Copy with All Possible Properties Removed. I just go with that. If it's what you want, just click Okay.

This sounds like a lot of clicks, but it only takes a few seconds.

What this will do is create an exact copy of your photo, having removed ALL information from the photo. This is the phot you should upload to other sites, etc.

What kind of information is in there:

camera type
lense
camera settings
geographical information about where the photo was taken
when it was taken
etc.
etc.

A lot of stuff that no one needs to know. Be safe!

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Old 09-24-2013, 10:44 AM
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Done. Thanks for the heads-up.
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That was helpful - Thanks!

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It's been this way since photobucket started.

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I had no idea. But then, as you say, Photobucket is a moving target! I really appreciate the alert on this issue, Hipshot.

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As always Hipshot is a great friend to us RFC fellers... Well done...we may know guns but we may NOT know pooters.
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Thanks for bringing this to everyones attention. I've updated my settings

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Old 09-24-2013, 01:51 PM
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[QUOTE=Hipshot;4724957]There appears to be a situation with PhotoBucket that not all our members are aware of. RFC members should be aware of the "Public/Private" nature of using PB as a hosting service for pictures linked to RFC.





Thanks, I never knew it was like that.
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Great information, thanks, Hipshot!
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Done and done, thanks for the tip !
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Done! Thanks for the warning...
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Thanks. One was already disabled but the other wasn't.
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