• Sunday , 16 December 2018

Keeping Your iCloud Photos Safe

icloudAfter the huge hacking scandal erupted that sent several nude photos of some high profile celebrities all over the internet, many people are seriously questioning the security of the iCloud storage environment.  Now, we aren’t all high profile celebrities, and many people are right to think that they will fly under the radar like so many commoners will.  However, that is naive thinking, and you should do all you can to preserve your privacy.  There are a few steps that you can take to do this, and it’s really not that hard.

Force A Two Step Verification Process

Ensure that you turn on this feature in iCloud.  This will ensure that any time a new computer is used to access your account it will require a second password that will be sent to your phone or tablet.  Actually, many cloud storage systems have this feature, and you should take advantage of it.  Gmail, Facebook, and LinkedIn have this feature.

Deleting A Photo Doesn’t Delete It

If you delete a photo from your phone it may still be saved to the photo stream.  You can turn off the photo stream in settings under iCloud.  The photo stream feature will put the photo in the cloud and onto your other devices as well.

Strong Passwords Are A Must

Don’t reuse passwords, and ensure that your passwords have multiple letters, numbers, and symbols.

Ensure your iPhone is passcode protected

I can’t believe people who don’t have a passcode on their phone.  It’s opening yourself to a whole lot of trouble in the event that you lose your phone, which can and will happen even to the best of us.  I had an iPad that I did not have passcode protected.  It was stolen, and I was really kicking myself that I didn’t passcode it.

Just Don’t Take A Photo Of It

Keep nude photos in a secure place, off the cloud.  Or, use special apps that can privately store photos and encrypt them, and not put them on the cloud.

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