If you're worried about getting doxxed, or even your ex knowing what you look like now that you've moved on, then you need to know how to exorcize your EXIF data. This is the metadata attached to photos that can contain all sorts of personal information, like the date and time the photo was taken, GPS coordinates, and even the make and model of the camera used.
There are a few ways to remove this information, but we've compiled three of the easiest methods for you. Whether you're using Photoshop, an online eraser, or exiftool, follow these steps to keep your ex from finding out too much.
Open the photo in Photoshop and go to File > Save As. In the format options, choose JPEG and uncheck the box that says "Embed Color Profile." This will save a copy of the photo without the metadata.
Exporting within Photoshop also allows you to create new Copyright Metadata, and do batch sorting, amongst other things. (We've been using Photoshop since 2.0, and now we'll need to write a blog post all about this on its own–ahhhh, nostalgia.)
2. Online eraser
There are a few different websites you can use to erase exif data, like exifremove.com or exifdata.org. Just upload the photo and click "Remove EXIF."
This is one of our favourite tools available on the Internet. Exiftool is a command line tool that can be used to remove exif data from photos. You can download it for free at exiftool.org. Once it's installed, open a command prompt and navigate to the folder where your photo is saved. Then type exiftool -all= and the name of the photo. This will create a new copy of the photo without any metadata.
By following these steps, you can keep your shit and yourself a little safer, because opening up an image you've sent won't show the breadcrumbs to your life – just the beautiful photo you took.