How To Protect Your iCloud Docs From Leaking To Avoid Embarrassment
Celeb nudes are popping up everywhere, yours don't have to
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that naked photos have surfaced online of multiple celebrities including; Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Ariana Grande and Amber Rose. Although not yet confirmed, it is suspected that the source of the hack was Apple’s iCloud backup service. Here’s how to make sure that this mortifying experience doesn’t happen to you.
Posts on the anonymous web forum 4Chan claim that the celeb photos were stolen from the Apple iCloud Photostream service, which automatically shares your photos with all of your devices before storing them online. The only clue that other services may have been involved comes in the form of the videos sitting among the other hacked material. Photostream does not automatically share videos; they would need to be manually uploaded.
Die Hard 4.0 star Mary Elizabeth Winstead tweeted – “Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked” – alluding further to the multiple service hack theory. Dropbox and Google + both have the ability to automatically upload videos, but so far all three services have kept silent on these allegations.
Apple and Dropbox both implement a pretty secure encryption system for the data stored on the cloud, which would take billions of years to crack. Stealing or guessing passwords would be the easiest way in for a determined hacker. In the words of Jason Segel, “nobody understands the cloud, it’s a mystery,” so here’s some quick tips on how to disable your iCloud backup function and keep your sexy selfies private:
- Think of a foolproof password, combining letters and numbers. Long and complicated isn’t always the best way to go, as having to write your password down isn’t the smartest idea.
- All three services offer ‘two factor authentication’, which combines your password with a pin number sent to your phone via text or created by an app. This means hackers would need access to your phone to crack your password.
- Disable automatic backup services found in Settings or System Preferences depending on what device you’re using.
- Turn off Photostream completely to delete all automatically stored images from the cloud. Manually shared photos will still need to be manually deleted from Photos/iPhoto.
- The Dropbox app for iOS and android can be set to upload every photo/video you take into the cloud, disable this function in Settings but make sure you also delete them from your Dropbox.
- Dropbox Premium users can also get periodic automatic backups, to prevent this go to the Dropbox website select the file –click More – Permanently Delete.
- The Google + automatic photo backup function can be disabled through the photo app on your android device. Go to the Menu – Settings – Auto-BackUp – untick Back Up Local Folders.
- Alternatively, you can delete cloud photos individually by tapping on them then pressing the bin icon or going to Menu – Select – choose multiple files and then press the bin icon.
Happy sexting guys!