Is It Safe In The Cloud?
It would be wonderful to think we live in a safe, secure, world but unfortunately we don’t. In the world of computing, this is even more true. Our digital lives are important to us and take years to build, but only a matter of hours to destroy, if that.
Security is important to everyone. Especially when you have spent years of your life trying to get a film to the big screen and you don’t want anyone to steal it or tamper with it. Add on something which seems as esoteric as the cloud and cause for concern happens. But should it?
Whether you like it or not, the film industry is becoming even more reliant on cloud computing. This has brought numerous benefits, increased productivity and just made a very hard industry a lot easier. The benefits have not stopped worrying stories hitting the media lately about security breaches.
Mat Honan from Wired Magazine had the data on his MacBook, iPhone and iPad deleted after a group of hackers hacked into his Apple iCloud account. The hacker’s took advantage of the fact that the Apple iCloud does not have a two-factor authentication system, something that Apple might want to fix. The hackers accessed his account remotely and Honan lost childhood pictures of his daughter amongst other things. He investigated and wrote an amazing article on it which you can read here.
Honan even chatted to one of the hackers involved. Honan has lost things you cannot even put a price on. His amazing investigation also tells you how Gmail, Amazon, iCloud, and Twitter give determined hackers enough information to ruin your life.
And who can forget the Playstation Network (PSN) going down?
But, as Honan said: “In many ways, this was all my fault. My accounts were daisy-chained together.” There are precautions you can take to keep your accounts safe.
How to stay safe
- Multiple backups. Including an offsite one.
- Research your cloud computing service. Make sure they take your security seriously. There are a lot of cloud services available so you have plenty of choice.
- Don’t have one password for every account.
- Don’t be over-trusting with your personal details. Make sure security is in place before you hand anything over.
- Go for a cloud computing service which has a two-prong security service.
- Choose proper, secure, passwords.
- Keep your software up to date.
- Have an antivirus, even if you have a Mac.
By Catherine Balavage