There are different kinds of ‘safe’ we can talk about. First, there is ‘safe from other’ where you main concern is privacy of your data. Then, there is the ‘safe’ which means that there is a minimal risk of you losing access.
Let’s start with the obvious, yet often forgotten – nothing is safe. Neither your computer, nor your external HDD or Google’s servers.
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Leaks were always a thing but since technologies moved to the cloud, celebrities have an additional enemy to fight next to the paparazzis – hackers.
In recent years, when a celebrity picture or video was leaked, people focused on their right to privacy. Which shouldn’t even be debated. They ARE people. However, a much less vocal issue was the safety of the data. Even the sources that did cover the issue, were doing it in the vaguest tone possible.
This happened for two reasons. First, in most cases the users themselves didn’t use strong enough passwords. But there was also a hack of the Apple cloud itself. And that’s a problem because once the hackers were in, there were no notifications or asking for permission to copy the data that was sent to the user.
Safety – who’s concern is it?
As a user, it may seem we are pushing the blame from us. On the other hand, Apple (or any other big corporation) should be held accountable because it’s their customer management system that is the problem. If flaws in individual passwords can harm the rest of the users’ data, the company should be doing a better job. Especially because there is also their reputation on the line.
It’s like a casino where you like playing pokies claiming that the security of your funds at their casino is your concern. This would never happen because casinos fight for to able to claim they are much safer than the competitors.
Clouds are safe to keep
Strangely enough, people got used to the fact that Google and Apple own their data. And it wasn’t hard to do because what they made sure is that your data is accessible anywhere, anytime. Set up sync from your computer, laptop and mobile devices and every picture you take, every file you create will be immediately put on a cloud.
That’s the magic of their proposal. But that would also mean that by gaining access to one of your devices, a hacker automatically can see all of your pictures and files. Not to mention that you are at the mercy of the big companies.
Recently, a new way of saving files on the cloud has been born. Basically, in a network of users like you the file is separated into 40 pieces. You would only lose your file if more than 50% of the computers went down. And the appeal is that no one but you actually have access to the whole file.
If you want to know more, you can find here.