There is no such thing as "deleted" on the Internet. Are you careful enough?

I dont wana be a monkey eternally!!! - I dont wana be a monkey eternally.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
India
June 17, 2009 12:48am CST
Christopher Null, the gadget guy, tells us to try this: Take a photo and upload it to Facebook, then after a day or so, note what the URL to the picture is (the actual photo, not the page on which the photo resides), and then delete it. Come back a month later and see if the link works. Chances are: It will!! There is no such thing as "deleted" on the Internet! So, you better be careful before posting anything for once you click you have had it! So all those drunken party photos you don't want people to see? Simply don't upload!
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@melanie652 (2526)
• United States
19 Jun 09
I don't upload any photos anywhere that are embarassing or I wouldn't want any other people to see. If that's really true the photo is never deleted, I sure hope this makes some people think twice about posting something on the internet.
• United States
18 Jun 09
lol mimpi, you don't want to be a monkey forever, that was just too cute. But on your subject, I had heard that before, just not on the pictures, but comments. But it would make sense that if someone could pull up comments they could pictures as well. Thanks for the reminder!
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
17 Jun 09
Better to be safe and sure. With technology changing and the search engines improving thier search capabilities, unless permanent deletion happens from the server storing them, the image still exists in the virtual world. Then there is the problem of thumbnails and cached files still being retained. And it's not just related to photos Mimpi. I think a lot of personal information that we share too is always somewhere out there. Personally i try and be careful in this regard. It's probably because i've heard of too many incidents in this regard.
@alokn99 (5717)
• India
17 Jun 09
Thanks for sharing this. I read about the wayback and how they are going about assimilating and capturing information over the web. Although thier intention is to create a kind of database, it also means that it may capture information that people may want to get rid of. While reading this there eas also a reference of an organisation which professionally will take up the services of removing all your unwanted information permanently from areas. They do this for a fee, and i'm not really sure about the success rate. Slightly digressing, there was a recent article about how employers are using personal information on the web especially in networking sites, to find out about prospective employees. They have tracked information to a great detail. And so much so some things which may have seemed inconsequential or funny has gone against them in the selection process.
@jayrene (2713)
• Philippines
18 Jun 09
thanks for sharing this mimpi...
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
23 Jun 09
Thanks jayrene.
• Malaysia
17 Jun 09
That's right mimpi1911, better don't upload it at any free site. Better upload photo to post-to-pay site, at least got money and the link never stray elsewhere because it used different program. Such as shareapic, tinypic, and other many providers.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
17 Jun 09
I know what you mean. You will at least get paid for some uploads even if it becomes a botheration years later. How are you doing?
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• Malaysia
17 Jun 09
hahaha! since 1996 as netizens never boring because my objectives are many and varieties. Justly like if I go to one grocery, not only for buying my stuffs but to tackle the beautiful cashier lady...oooutch! always on 5-in-1 basis...hahaha!
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
17 Jun 09
LOL.. That's a great philosophy and I think you are doing it alright!
@balasri (26554)
• India
17 Jun 09
I know the what all calamities the internet is capable of.I am very careful not to divulge with any of my personal details here in the net and I keep a watchful eye on my family members too.It is not worth getting agonized for the pleasure of simply browsing.I am more careful to the level of posing for the photos only when I am sober.Smart.Isn't it?
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
17 Jun 09
That's darn smart of you Bala! I just hope the paparazzo aren't following you!
@balasri (26554)
• India
18 Jun 09
Ha ha ha.Hope that I am that famous to be followed.
@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
17 Jun 09
Hi Mimpi! Many thanks for the useful information. I was not exactly aware about this information. I knew that if I upload a photograph on a social networking or any such site, that photograph could be copied. I understand that it would be better not to share personal photographs with friends/relatives through social networking sites, if one wants to be on the safer side. I normally do not upload my personal photographs on any site. If I have send a photograph to someone, I prefer sending it through other communications modes. Good Post!
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
17 Jun 09
I think we should be careful not only while posting photographs but also while posting any data which I regret later on. I think, you can share your personal snaps, if you wish to, but you MUST ensure certain things. Like NEVER post any photo with front face till bust, which could easily used as driving license of made passport sized photos.
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@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
17 Jun 09
Mimpi! I have taken note of your suggestions and I will be more careful in uploading my personal snaps in future on a website. You have given a good example that a passport size photograph could be misued for a driving licence.
@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
17 Jun 09
That is true. I mean if something is on the internet, what with the billions and billions of people on here 24 hours a day/7 days a week, chances are that maybe just one of those billions have copied or linked to that very photo that you have uploaded. Sure maybe you think that a page or a photo does not exist anymore because you have deleted it or that perhaps the site has already closed but you really dont have any means to know for sure that there is a second or third copy that you do not know exists somewhere in another site. I am careful with what I upload, more often than not I dont upload at all. Though there are those times that I cannot help not uploading because a friend in another country asks for a copy, though I keep it in a private album or I send it directly to his/her e-mail. Anyway, even with all the precautions that people can observe, we have to at least expect and have that tiny glimmer of doubt that we are not safe 100%.
@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
17 Jun 09
Yes! That is a good example of what I was trying to say earlier. Thanks for your input.^_^
@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
17 Jun 09
I do know that even when we think we've deleted something, it stays permanently somewhere on the hard drive. Experts can always find it some way. And yes, pictures and writings, once posted anywhere, float around the internet forever. It is as you said, if you have any qualms about putting a thing out there...don't! Karen
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
18 Jun 09
The files we delete from recycle bin get stored in another place in hard disc drive and this can be retrieved by special softwares. The deleted items from Flash drives are not retrievable though.
@russso (1701)
• Philippines
17 Jun 09
Thanks for sharing these info. My boyfriend has told me about this before. I have always been very careful with stuff that I upload on the Internet. And one more thing, I also try to be well-behaved in front of friends who are cam freaks.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
17 Jun 09
Great! And yes web cam deportment is also very important!
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
17 Jun 09
Hello mimpi. If we delete it, it is hard to say that it is permanently deleted because someone else interested in it might have copied it and put it some other sites. Who knows? Yes? So you are right that we need to be careful enough while uploading some pictures. We have to make sure that they are healthy ones. Thank you for the warning discussion, mimpi.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
17 Jun 09
Yes, anyone can save it! You never know. This came to my mind when one of my snaps popped out recently on search. I thought I had deleted it long time back! Yes, I did delete it! But it's still there!
@jezzmay (1845)
• United States
17 Jun 09
Thank you for the information. I do not think most people realize this. The new people to the internet needs to know this. Some people will just post anything. We need to be careful. We also have Big Brother watching. Be careful. Have a happy day.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
17 Jun 09
So true jezzmay! We need to be careful here!
@mayka123 (10598)
• India
17 Jun 09
Though I dont attend drunken parties and therefore would not have any drunken party snaps to post on the net still the information you provided is useful. I was not aware of this fact before. Thanks for the tip.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
17 Jun 09
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
17 Jun 09
It's very, very rare for me to add personal photo's online, so at least I'm safe on that front! This is a good thing for people to know overall though. I shudder to think of the masses of information laying on servers throughout the world that people don't even know exists. I'm always cautious of what I say and do on the internet, even outside of picture placements and always will be.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
17 Jun 09
I know that you are careful and you know what it takes to post something. Being cautious and judicious are the key words.
@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
17 Jun 09
Thank goodness that I am a computer expert that don't know how to upload photos on the internet, lol. I'm too shy about my photo anyway and maybe that's a good thing for me. This is a very good advice, mimpz, and very important for some people to know this also. And hopefully some will be more careful in the future.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
17 Jun 09
Shy is good here! LOL.. I know you are very careful and I really appreciate. This is also true for anything we write also.
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
17 Jun 09
That’s a bit scary isn’t it? I don’t think that I have uploaded anything I will regret, I hope! (LOL). It’s good advice and very useful to know. I didn’t know that posted on the Net meant forever. I can’t understand why anybody would post intimate and personal pictures on the Web, why on earth you would put them out there for the entire world to see, is beyond me but then again that is what some people enjoy I guess...
@mentalward (14697)
• United States
17 Jun 09
I've always said that, if there's something you don't want someone to find out about, don't do it. But, the way human nature is, hindsight is always 20/20 and I'm sure one of the most used statements in the world today is, "What was I thinking???" Yep, things have a way of coming back to haunt us. I watch a lot of forensic-type shows because I'm fascinated by today's technology. So many times, I've seen where someone murdered someone and was caught by what was still on their computer even after they've deleted it, like how to poison someone. But, those photos that you think are funny today just might come back to bite you in the derriere down the road! So, your advice is very good and should be heeded, just don't upload it! I wouldn't even email things like that because you just never know!
• Philippines
7 Sep 09
Hello mimpi, This is interesting, Many people would upload pictures in facebook. so it's better for people to be very careful. Have you tried this yourself? Did it work? But maybe, no one would save all the url of the photo of somebody, unless of course the other person is a stalker or is planning something on that particular user. Nevertheless, it is better safe than sorry Thank you for sharing that wonderful information
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
21 Jun 09
LOL...I'm hoping to have been careful enough..lol...I don't upload anything that I would worry about anyone else seeing. I'm a little leary of uploading personal thing on the net. Good advice!
@dismalgrin (2470)
• United States
20 Jun 09
I haven't always been that careful. So, I'm sure there are some naughty pictures of me out there. Nothing starkly bad, but I think I took a picture of my chest with a bra on. At least my face wasn't in the pic! Haha. I also recently ran across an old blog of mine that had some naughty stories on it that I wrote. I was a little embarrassed to find that! I wish that been more careful about that.
@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Jun 09
Dang, not the drunken party photos! Oh noooooo......