I woke up this morning to this Facebook photo that I was tagged in. To the undiscerning Social Media user, the first impulse will be either to share the supposed breaking news or join the train of gullible folks that will actually believe the hoax.


Thankfully, I am not in that statistics and has no plans to board such a train. How did I bust the bubble. I will show you in six easy steps.

Step 1:

Download the suspicious photo to your computer or device.

Step 2:

Click www.images.google.com

Step 3:

Click the camera icon camera icon in the search box

Step 4:

Click Upload an image.

Step 5: 

Click Choose file.

Step 6:

Select the image from your computer.

Result: The image was actually that of Lion Air crash that occurred in April, 2013. Details here

Basically, what was done is instead of typing words, a picture was used as the search term to find related images from around the web via Google. The great news is that with this technique, it is easy to authenticate an image before you inadvertently share and pass off such as true.

Lastly, I pray for the souls of all on-board the Malaysia Airline and hope for good news even though the chances are really slim.

Here are six more cool tools you can use to verify authenticity of digital Images:

  1. You can search Google using images. Start here https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/1325808

  2. Click http://www.tineye.com/, a reverse image search engine that connects images to their creators.

  3. Click http://sourceforge.net/projects/jpegsnoop to detect if an image has been edited, retrieve metadata like camera type and settings etc.

  4. Click http://regex.info/exif.cgi to reveal EXIF info of a photo including date, time, camera settings and GPS location.

  5. Click http://fotoforensics.com/ to indicate parts of an image that may have been altered. Photoshop busted!

  6. Click http://www.findexif.com/ to reveal the Exchangeable Image File Format (EXIF) information of that Photo.



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