I’m in a long-distance relationship right now, and almost every article I’ve read about the subject involves keeping the fires burning by sending your partner naked or semi-naked pictures of yourself as a way to build anticipation for your next encounter. While that’s a nice idea in theory, there’s one problem with the plan, and that problem is called the internet. Even if you’re not worried about possibly becoming famous someday and your ex selling your photos to Star magazine, there are several other things to keep in mind:

1. Even if you are sending them to your twoo wuv and he vows never to show them to anyone else, that does not mean you can trust other people. If he has a roommate, the roommate could steal them off of the computer. Take the Kari Ann Peniche/Mindy McCready case, for example.

2. This should be really obvious, but never, ever send naked pictures to someone you don’t already know and trust. This guy in Lincoln, Nebraska tried to create an “online sex survey” that required respondents to send him nude photos. Sadly, it worked.

2a. This rule applies even if the person you are sending them to is famous. High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens sent naked photos of herself to her celebrity crush. Skip ahead a few years, Hudgens is famous in her own right, and the photos get leaked.

3.If you have naked pics or a sex tape, delete them before you move. Movers are the #1 celebrity target whenever a sex tape gets leaked – that’s who Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson tried to blame.

4. If you do send someone naked pictures and they get out, there is one very good way to respond. Rather than act embarrassed or outraged, try quoting singer Cassie, whose comment about her naked pics was “Now stop acting like you haven’t seen a titty before.”

5. I hate to have to be the one to break this to you, but not every relationship works out. Even if you think your current guy is The One, there are a few occasions where you have to plan what will happen if you break up. Nude-photo-sending is one of them. There are countless stories of men getting revenge on ex-girlfriends by sending their naked pics to all their Facebook friends. If your ex still talks shit about girls he used to date or has done something to humiliate them, you might want to think twice – or fifty times – about what he might do to you if you break up.