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Keep Your Selfies Safe: How to Protect your Photos from Hackers

Keep Your Selfies Safe: How to Protect your Photos from Hackers

By RossBackup (362 words) | Posted in Data Backup Tips on September 04, 2014

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This week, the Internet is in frenzy after word spread that an unknown hacker leaked nude photos of female celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence and a hundred others. The hacker claims to have accessed the photos through a security weakness in Apple's iCloud system. Ross Backup CEO, Aaron Ross, discusses with PIX 11 news his thoughts on another plausible explanation: the photos were being stored by a third party (perhaps an apple employee) who was in turn hacked.

While a number of things regarding the leaked nude photos remain a mystery, one thing is certain:  everyone is left wondering how secure their personal information is. Here are a few key tips that will help keep your selfies, and other personal info, safe.

  • Be wary of technology you do not fully understand. For instance, if you aren't sure how your photos are being stored, the safest thing to do is to use a different means of storage.
  • Always select the permanent delete option when you want to get rid of data. Many storage systems have various stages of deletion and to be certain your photos are gone forever, you must select the permanent delete function.     
  • Turn file sharing settings on your phone, tablet or other devices off. This includes turning iCloud sharing off. If you take photos that you want to send to family or friends, connect your device to your PC and send physically as opposed to through devices.
  • Use strong passwords. A strong password is one that does not contain personal information and that uses a variety of upper and lower cases letters in addition to numeric and punctuation keys.
  • Lastly, opt in to two-step verification processes. It might seem a bit obnoxious to answer personal questions when you want to access your accounts, but the extra step is worth it to help secure your information.

Keep your personal life private by using extra security measures, learning more about the technology you use and by only sharing items physically with trusted individuals. 

Comments (1)

sara james posted on: September 9, 2014

Is it just about the hackers? To me, the provider should be solid one.

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