How reliable is cloud storage? Are your private files safe when you use them? Apparently a leak involving nude photos of popular female celebrities over the weekend has raised some questions on the reliability of online storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive.
Famous celebrities including Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence were among the unfortunate victims, whose personal cloud accounts were reportedly hacked and intruded leading to the not-so-popular spread of nude photos, most of which were said to be fake.
But fake or not, it gets people to think on the viability of these supposedly helpful online storage solutions. The question of security and how safe the files are of anyone these days are apparently now in question, something which breaches the privacy and eventually the identity of any person by up to no good hackers who make a living trying to breach popular applications, in this case, the cloud storage ones.
As far as those who would continue to use these cloud storage solutions, preventive measures are nothing from the ordinary. Especially for the folks who love to put their mobile device (phone or tablet) to extensive use, applying a stricter password, something that could be harder to crack may be a neat idea.
Using alpha-numeric, caps and/or special characters would be a wise idea but you have to wonder if that alone would be enough. Hence, further security and making use of multiple passwords could be a helpful idea. Especially if you have multiple emails or storage device accounts, try to use different and harder passwords to ensure security for your personal information. As far as your private files and photos are concerned, you may want to think twice about sharing and/or storing them online. While it may be hard for the ones who want to be in with the times these days, it may be wise to think again and avoid the inevitable intrusion and invasion that could be devastating to anyone.
Further security measures include that of using encryption for folks with routers at home and placing them somewhere in the middle of their abode, as long as it is not near the window. Routers would usually have WPA, WPA2 or WEP encryption, something that adds more security and of course protection on your end.
Using a two-factor authentication could be a neat idea too. Sure it would seem inconvenient at first but do consider the consequences if your private files and information get tampered with. That alone is enough reason for you to consider a thorough security measure, mostly for your benefit.