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Why Are There So Many Photo Leaks?
By: Jessica Cherok
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Just how many celebrities are taking nude photos? A lot, apparently. Yet another batch of photos has been posted on Reddit and 4chan.
 
As a result, Apple’s iCloud security has once again been called into question. Though the tech giant denies any security breach has occurred, they have also strengthened their security measures against Brute Force attacks.
 
Brute Force attacks are where all possible password combinations are tried until one is successful in hacking the account. If these are the types of attacks being used to access photos on the cloud, even changing the password would not prevent a hacking because Brute Force would eventually find the new password, too.
 
Even sites dedicated to limited-time viewing of photos, such as Snapchat, have proven to have serious security flaws. The photo-sharing service has had a number of privacy snafus over the last year, leading to widespread criticism about their policies and security features. Early this summer, Snapchat promised to revamp and improve all of its privacy policies.
 
So what can you do to protect your private photos? An obvious choice would be not to store any sensitive material on the cloud. You can also improve your personal security by regularly changing your passwords, and making sure they are not something easily guessable. 

   

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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