Reverse Image Search – A Handy Facility to Detect Fakes

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Social media has got millions of people connecting to their family members, friends, friends of friends, colleagues, and so many people that you never knew existed. Everyone wants to have a presence on social media, and that’s how topsy-turvy the social media world has become. With millions of people staying ‘connected’ a new problem has surfaced. How do you know that the person who sends you an invitation to become a friend is genuine and not someone who is trying to befriend you for nefarious reasons.

Oh yes, social media has opened up a whole new field for fraudsters and scammers. Don’t be surprised if you come across a report that says that eighty or ninety percent of social media users don’t place pictures of themselves on these sites. 

If you want to protect yourself from these crooks who pose as very nice, decent human beings, the best facility to use would be a Reverse Image Search. This is a handy tool and can save you from getting cheated or lured into a trap.

If you think that the person who wants to be your friend is genuine, upload a picture of the person and run a reverse image search. If the person is who he or she is posing to be, then all is well. But if he or she is not, then just block them out of your life. In fact, you can go a step further and report the contact to the social media service provider.

Reverse Image Search on Smartphones

Most of the popular reverse image search apps work like a breeze on computers. Just upload the image you want to search for and run the apps. In seconds you will see similar images being displayed. Size doesn’t matter; some of the similar images may be smaller or bigger than the one you have uploaded. But that hardly matters as you have found the ones that are the closest match. So, if someone sent you an image on WhatsApp or Facebook that you want to verify, you will first have to transfer the picture to a desktop or laptop and then run a reverse image search. Quite a hassle, isn’t it?

But what happens if you are moving around and you only have your smartphone with you, and you want to do a reverse image search? Not to worry, now there are reverse image search applications that work on Android and iOS. 

Install the application from the Store and upload an image that you are searching for from your picture gallery. Now click on ‘show matching images’ and it will upload your picture into the Google image database and display visually similar images. 

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Awesome facility, isn’t it. You don’t have to head to the nearest desktop, connect your phone to it, upload the image, and wait for the results.

Search by Image

Reverse search is useful for verifying the source of pictures, WhatsApp images, and screenshots. Facebook and other social media users have used reverse image search to research images of their potential spouses, and dates while matrimonial sites use it to detect fake uploads. Journalists use it extensively to track the source of a story, and travelers use it to find a place. 

Another great service that search engines do is that they remove all the pictures that have been uploaded unanimously and cannot be verified. It takes them a couple of hours to do this, but it’s a credible job.

To End It

Reverse image search is a wonderful facility that has been provided by some of the most popular search engines today and a few other websites. As the database of the image grows, which it is doing at a rapid pace, thanks to the millions of pictures that are uploaded daily. Finding exact matches will soon become a reality. The reverse image search innovators are constantly working on developing new methods to match images, and of course, the databases of stored images are increasing. 

Finding people, objects, and places will soon become a breeze, and scammers and shysters won’t be able to hide their true identity.

But until this becomes a reality, we must be careful when people we don’t know try and connect with us on social media. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. The internet is so huge and is proliferating that all the facilities and apps that we use have a hard time keeping pace. Reverse image search started as an experimental facility, and today, it has become a necessity for a majority of internet users.  

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