Celebrity iCloud accounts hacked, leads to warning to all tech users
Elizabeth Browning is wired.
"I have an iPhone, an iPad, and an iMac and I sometimes forget that it's all there and it kind of gets lost," Browning said.
Welcome to the world of endless connections. Our phones connect to our desktops, and then to our tablets, and even TV’s in one seamless stream of information sharing. But, what happens when one of those devices is compromised? Cybersecurity expert Alex Holden from Hold security says everything can become undone.
"Hackers may take control over your computer, may take control over your electronic identity, or they may take control over your virtual accounts like facebook, social media, linkedin," Holden said.
Suddenly risqué selfies that were meant for that one special person could be under the preying eyes of someone with ill intention. Unfortunately, there is no real solution to the constant breaches of security. Major companies try to stay ahead of the game, but even corporate giants like Apple, Chase Bank, and Target fall victim to cybercriminals, and the one who really ends up losing out is you.
"Pretty much, nothing is safe, good thing it doesn't happen everyday to everybody," Holden said.
So do you give up on taking those sexy pictures because of that small chance it could be exposed? Our expert says you can't live in fear. But, you may want to rethink how you're using all of those tech devices.
"Figure out what's important to you, what needs to be protected, what needs to be protected from the internet, from the prying eyes. and then do responsible and secure computing as much as you possibly can," Holden said.
Also, changing passwords every 3-6 months can help, but is no guarantee you won’t be hacked.