Facebook tests “Profile Picture Guard,” a feature that prevents your profile photo from being stolen

Jun 23, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Facebook tests “Profile Picture Guard,” a feature that prevents your profile photo from being stolen

Jun 23, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Stealing other’s photos for sale or creating fake profiles are, unfortunately, not uncommon problems in a modern society. This is why Facebook is testing out a new feature to protect their users from having their profile picture stolen. Profile Picture Guard allows anyone to protect their profile photo and gain more control over it. According to Facebook Safety, the feature will make your profile photo more secure, and consequently – you will be more secure as well.

https://www.facebook.com/fbsafety/videos/1357031717667996/

The feature allows you to protect the image in three ways:

  1. Lock it so that other people can’t download it or even make a screenshot
  2. Make only you and your friends able to tag your profile picture
  3. Turn on the shield to indicate that your photo is protected

There’s an additional feature that should increase the security of your profile photo – adding a design. You can choose between several watermark designs to add as an overlay to the image, which should discourage others from stealing your profile pic.

At the moment, Profile Picture Guard is only available in India and it’s still in the testing phase. However, Facebook hopes to expand the feature to other countries soon.

According to DPReview, if you combine all 4 features of protection, people are as much as 75% less likely to copy your photo. And from what I understood from the video above, this is aimed particularly at those who set their profile photo to “Public.” But still, even if it’s set to be seen only by you, others can still click on it to view it in larger size, and steal it. So, I believe we can all find this feature useful.

I had problems with my photo being stolen a couple of years ago, so this might have saved me at least a part of the trouble. What do you think? Would you like to have this feature and do you think it will be of use to you? And what about applying it to other Facebook photos, too?

[Facebook Profile Picture Guard via DPReview]

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14 responses to “Facebook tests “Profile Picture Guard,” a feature that prevents your profile photo from being stolen”

  1. Karen Padilla Avatar
    Karen Padilla

    I hope that goes for the other photos we post too.

    1. Dunja Đuđić Avatar
      Dunja Đuđić

      For now, apparently, it’s only meant for the profile photos. But I would definitely like to see it available for other photos too.

  2. Don Smith Avatar
    Don Smith

    Only the profile photo, not really what is needed, but it makes people feel better I suppose

  3. Galonii August Avatar
    Galonii August

    so to keep others from sharing or using your personal photo instead of deleting that share button you have to make everything a profile photo if your going to post it?

  4. Carrie Lewis Avatar
    Carrie Lewis

    Not really sure who would want mine. Haha

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    I want to Profileguard

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