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What Not To Do with your Phone
September 22, 2015
3:07 pm
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Carol Vyrostek
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So I thought I was being clever and took photos with my phone of my credit cards, passport card, etc.  This was before I was aware of Google Photos automatically uploading all photos.  Fortunately, I noticed Google Photos didn’t display my passport card, so I wonder if they have a human editor at headquarters.  Subsequently I deleted all those card pictures.  And, hoping that Dropbox is a more secure way to keep copies of cards.  I was also wondering if there was a way to prevent Google Photos from uploading any of my pictures.  I would like to select which pictures will be uploaded, if any.

September 23, 2015
8:57 am
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Hi Carol,

I don’t know why you can’t see your passport card – there are no human editors looking at your Google Photos.

Just because they’re uploaded doesn’t mean that anyone but you can see them. Your Google Photos library is for your eyes only and is as secure as any other cloud storage … e.g. Dropbox. Only you can see your photos … unless you specifically share them. That said, I would use something like Evernote for those kind of pictures, just because they’re not ‘memory’ photos. They’re ‘information’ photos. I use Google Photos for memories, I use Evernote for information. This coming Sunday’s web-show is on Evernote … Episode 54 – if you’re interested.

You’re seeing the pictures because you are logged in to your Google Account – there is no way that anyone else can see them. To prove that, you can open an incognito tab on your browser (in Chrome, click the 3-line menu at top right->New Incognito Browser) and try to see your photos. You can’t do it unless you log in with your username and password. I have also added 2-step verification to my Google account because I store so much there. So, even if someone did get my username and password, they would also need to have my phone before they could see anything in my account.

There is no easy way, on your phone, to pick and choose which photos get uploaded. You can choose folder by folder. For example, I tell Google Photos not to backup my screenshots folder from my phone. That’s in 3-line menu->Settings->Backup and Sync->Choose Folders to back up …”

I would advise to delete your passport photos from your phone after they have been uploaded to your google account. You do that in the Google Photos app by selecting the pictures, then tap the 3-dot menu at top right and choose “Delete Device Copy”

Have you watched my videos on Google Photos?

Here are the ones I would specifically recommend.

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