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Private photos are NOT so private

minkus   October 10, 2009, 09:14 PM

The way things are set at 23hq is to assign an address to each photo right? If I upload multiple photos, the addresses will be in numerical order.

Now, I linked one of my private photos in a discussion forum because I wanted to share it with the forum only and not the rest of the world. The photo is visible in the forum, even though it is set to private. That isnt my concern. My concern is posting it in a forum will also display the address for that picture. By changing the "last" digit of the address, they may be able to see my other private pictures.

I uploaded these pictures for use in the example below

Example: I link this photo onto a website or a discussion forum

Although it is private, the people in the forum can view it.

But when I uploaded this picture along with other pictures that I want to be private, 23hq assigns it in numerical order. So if someone wanted to, they could change the address to 5006966 or 5006968 and they can see those private photos which I didnt want them to see.

Maybe 23hq can use a Random Number Generator when it assigns addresses to the photos.

Steffen Fagerström Christensen Team 23   October 10, 2009, 10:35 PM

Hey minkus,

I think you're misunderstanding the way private photos work on 23; for example, here are links to two of my photos: (private) (public)

When visiting the private photo you'll be asked to log in if you're not already; and otherwise you'll see a message telling you that you don't have permissions to see the photo. The point is that simply having the ID of the photo won't give you access to see it. (Try logging out of 23 and browse to one of your own private photos using only the assigned number.)

Now, if I actually wanted to link to the mentioned private photo (#4946038) in a forum, I could link to the photo along with its randomized token: This URL will actually give you access to the photo even if you're not logged in. (This URL, btw, is available through the More sizes for sharing option.)

I hope this clears up how private photos work.

minkus   October 10, 2009, 10:54 PM

Sorry are right.

When I was testing it, I must have still been logged in.


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