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Redacted: Your handy photo censoring app

If you’re someone who posts a lot of screenshots – say, when you’re selling things online or you want to tell your friends about the upcoming weather – there’s a good chance that you don’t even think twice about omitting any data that could be perceived as sensitive. For example, let’s say that you take a picture of you and your friends at an amusement park; you’ll likely end up capturing a bunch of strangers, too, and those strangers probably don’t want to be on your social media.

You could also end up submitting yourself to identity theft if you’re not careful. Think about it – How many vehicles have you seen posted on social media or for sale that don’t have the license plate blurred or blacked out? While it’s a nice sentiment to think that no one would ever care enough or that your identity isn’t worth stealing, you should still do everything you can to keep yourself protected; the internet makes things tricky to keep things private, it doesn’t need your help.

So what are you supposed to do about it? Redact

There are plenty of applications available on the various markets so that no matter what device you’re using, you can make sure that all of your personal information stays exactly that, but the best one for iOS, by far, is Redacted.

For less than a dollar, Redacted gives you the opportunity to hide whatever you’d like on any picture in your camera roll. It even lets you choose how you’d like to hide it – You can opt for blurring, pixelating, or simply hiding things with a nice, clean black bar.

How it works

Using Redacted is as easy as installing it and allowing it access to your photos. From there, all you need to do is select a picture from your camera roll and start using the controls at the bottom of the app to alter it. Alternatively, you can take a photo live from the app, which makes it even easier for in-the-moment shares.

Choose whether you’d like to blur, pixelate, or blackout your info, then tap the tool you decide on and start dragging your finger around the area of the picture that you want to protect. Until you lift your finger from the screen, everything you box in will be hidden. Once your finger is lifted, you’re done! It really couldn’t get any easier. When you’re done, your image will look something like this:

Redacted lets you draw as many rectangles as you’d like and gives you the opportunity to move them around freely but, unfortunately, there’s no way to ‘undo’ or delete a rectangle within the application short of closing it and starting over. When you’re satisfied with the way your photo looks, simply tap the ‘Share’ button and save your image (the image will be a new image; your camera roll image will remain intact). Note: Once you’ve saved the image, that’s it, you won’t be able to move the boxes around anymore.

Redacted vs iOS 11 Screenshot Editor

Apple’s iOS 11 update does include a screenshot editor that lets you markup and draw on screenshots, but it’s not quite the same thing. First, the screenshot editor only comes up when you’ve taken a screenshot (meaning that you won’t be able to use it on any pictures you’ve already taken). It also functions more like a drawing tool than a privacy-saving one. If security and crispness are your main concerns, Redacted is more likely to give you exactly what you want. Get it here.

Do you stop and think before you post screenshots online? If you’re already privacy-proactive, what’s your favourite tool to use?

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