The recent crimes involving the theft of private and personal photos of several celebrities from their Cell Phones has brought personal device security back into the spotlight. In this climate of security challenges and risks, we do our best to keep you informed on how to stay protected.
These were crimes, and don't fall into calling them just a hack, or theft, these were flat out sex crimes. They were perpetrated by an individual who utilized a flaw in the "Find My iPhone" software, using a brute hack tool to crack the password of several celebrities and steal private, compromising images of them, to be put onto the internet. Violations like these are a clear reminder of how careful and diligent we all need to be about security of our data. And before I get into how to protect yourself, please note, WE ARE NOT BLAMING THE VICTIMS. These were flat out sex crimes, total violations of privacy. In our eyes these security breeches and thefts are akin to sexual assault. When identified and caught, this person needs to be prosecuted as a sex offender in our books. That said, there were a couple of things that can be done to protect YOUR data and media from being at maximum risk.
Use the security features of your phone
Though the intrusion in these celeb photos was done through iCloud, iCloud itself is actually very secure when used properly. In most cases their phones had no passcodes or TouchID activated. If you are an iPhone user, make sure you are using your TouchID, and Passcode lock.
Use 2 Step of greater authentication on your Email and any other app that you send personal data through. The additional layer of security can help in a major way. All major email providers like Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo offer 2 step verification
iPhone and Android users have a variety of encryption apps available to help them hide data on their phone. These have varying levels of success, but Vaulty happens to be one of the better ones.
Internet & mobile security is a major issue, and we all need to be diligent. As TIME writer Justin Worland puts it "The only way to completely protect yourself on the internet is to stay off it. But if you want to continue living in the 21st century, use two-step verification. Apple’s iCloud is just one of many services where you can set your account so that it asks you two personalized questions before you can access it. This makes it much, much harder for hackers to get where you don’t want them."
We all deserve the personal freedom to take personal and private photos, and share that media with that special someone. But in today's climate of security, we all need to be diligent to protect them against the prying eyes of potential thieves and predators.