Is Cloud Storage Secure?
Written by Andrew Havranek
Last updated on September 01, 2014 @ 7:57PM
Created on September 01, 2014 @ 5:14PM
Over the weekend, dozens of celebrities' personal online accounts were hacked, and some very private photos of some celebrities were leaked on social media.
Because of this, a lot of attention has been turned to the security of online cloud storage.
Cloud storage has become extremely popular lately with the increased usage of smart phones and tablets, making it easier to have the same documents and pictures on all of your devices.
Because of this, experts say you need to have those documents and pictures protected even more so than the documents on a physical hard drive.
Experts say celebrities are much more likely to have personal photos leaked and accounts hacked because of the "appeal" to society. When a hacker is able to get their hands on revealing photos and post them online, they are showing the world something a lot of people might be interested in.
For non-celebrities, experts say hackers are less likely to target our accounts, but still say we should be careful when we upload anything that we may regret.
“One of the best things you can do to protect yourself is come up with a really sophisticated password. One of the ways that these celebrities had their accounts accessed is by some fairly simple hacking technology that just guesses password," said Dr. Elizabeth Cohen, professor of Communication Studies at West Virginia University.
"And again, it's not like a person is trying to sit there and guess, it's a software that's designed just to guess different passwords. So, the more sophisticated your password is, the more complicated it is, and the more you change it, the more protection you should have,” Cohen added.
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