How not to become part of The Fappening

Let’s take a little break for a moment. We all love nudes, we are all well aware of how many of them are on the internet nowadays and it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t heard of The Fappening. This massive online “event”, if you like, happened on August 31st of 2014. Hundreds of private pictures of all kinds of celebrities, whether its actors, athletes, musicians, etc. were leaked, presumably due to a security breach involving iCloud, an Apple service. For a moment, the world rejoiced because who doesn’t want to see their favorite celebrity completely naked and possibly doing all kinds of kinky and naughty things. At first, mostly women pictures were leaked, flooding places like 4chan, Reddit, Imgur gaining hundreds of thousands of views a day. People could enjoy the playful and naughty beauty, Jennifer Lawrence, stunning and sensual Kate Upton having fun with her husband Justin Verlander, everyone’s favorite blonde from The Big Bang Theory, Kaley Cuoco, or your first redhead crush from Spider-Man, Kirsten Dunst. Some celebrities like Yvonne Strahovski, Victoria Justice, or Ariana Grande denied the authenticity of their images, however, many of the “internet experts” say otherwise. The first male to have his photos leaked was Nick Hogan, son of a well-known ex-wrestler Hulk Hogan. He also denied that pictures were real and remains adamant in his statement to this day, unfortunately. However, we do get to enjoy pictures of Tyler Posey, Charlie Puth, Ryan Kelley, Zane Pittman, and many others. The infamous Fappening didn’t end there and then as another massive leak occurred a couple of months later, on September 20th, closely followed by even another leak on September 26th, respectively called The Fappening 2 & 3. The internet was never the same after that. Many were happy and remain so to this day but The Fappening also sparked a huge outrage. People condemned hackers, blamed people for “invading privacy” for watching nude pics, FBI got involved, the law was being enforced. Needless to say, it was a hairy situation overall but us online denizens remain eternally grateful for this. The Fappening, of course, didn’t stop there. Sure, there weren’t those big breaks and massive leaks since but, every now and then a couple of pics of some celebrity pop up somewhere and spread like wildfire, or someone gets caught by skilled paparazzi and then people stop playing those gay sex games for a while enjoying the photos. While us normal folk usually don’t have to worry about paparazzi or internet impatiently waiting for our pics, we can still have our photos stolen or accidentally sent and end up being embarrassed or worse. Hacking isn’t magic and it doesn’t take much to protect yourself. Don’t reply to suspicious emails, try not to have only one password for every account ever, don’t forget to log out of social media if you are using a public device, try not to have pictures “in the cloud”, and only browse safe sites when playing free online porn games.

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