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Leaked photos of Jennifer Lawrence raise concern about iCloud security

Jennifer Lawrence in Blue
Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images

By now, most of the world knows about the leaked nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence on the web. The indecent photos have spread around the online world like a wildfire and Jennifer Lawrence is not the only one who is concerned about this personal privacy hack (for a good reason).

It seems like leaked celebrity photos have been featured in headlines on and off again for the past 5 years or more and the back to back scandals have got many people wondering how secure their data is online. From Kesha and Hayley Williams to Scarlett Johansson and Vanessa Hudgens it seems like there is no stopping someone who wants to take advantage of your personal privacy online. Although theses are photos of major celebrities that many news sources would pay vast amounts of money for, hacking the average joe is far from unthinkable.

In recent scandals, credit card and bank account information from customers were hacked repeatedly through Target, Home Depot, Chase Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, PayPal, Ebay and even the Pentagon. With more and more account information and data migrating to online servers and cloud technology popping up, personal privacy and account information is getting less and less secure.

So how secure is your iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox or online banking/credit card account? Unfortunately it is at the mercy of hackers everywhere. Today even applications that you download to your smartphone are asking for more and more permissions to use their software. Facebooks most recent update asked users to accept more permissions than ever before granting them access to your personal photo library, microphone, camera and personal contacts. Although Facebook assures users that it will not use these permissions to impede upon personal privacy, what is to stop hackers or employees of Facebook from gathering personal data that you hold private? Web browsers already gather data based on personal web search history and advertisers use this information to cater adds to you.

So what is a person who wants to keep private data and information secure online to do? Keep the most private information backed up on personal hard-drives inside an encrypted folder at home. Don't take photos that you wouldn't want others to see with an iPhone, iPad or device that is paired with a cloud service. Photos that you take on most newer iPhones are automatically sent to iCloud where you are at the mercy of internet hackers. Keep private photos on your personal hard drive if possible and consider getting LifeLock Ultimate for credit/bank account information to prevent online hacking and identity theft.

Personal information stored online is open for grabs to anyone who wants to take it. Be smart with your privacy and protect it physically if possible. You don't have to be worried about your personal security online as long as you are aware of the risks you're taking when you trust others to secure your data online.

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