CLEVELAND -- Apple has reportedly fixed a bug that let hackers gain access to iCloud accounts. The company says it has fixed the software error that granted hackers access to nude photos of celebrities posted in their personal iCloud accounts.
Apple's "Find my iPhone" software was reportedly vulnerable to so-called "brute force" attacks, in which hackers try multiple passwords to get access. The FBI is also investigating the incident.
We all know security breaches happen all the time but most of us don't expect it to happen on our phones. But customers have more control than you may think.
In the case of this iPhone hack, all users need to do is go into their settings, go down to iCloud where it will show you
everything that is synchronizing with the phone. If you don't want your photos to stream to iCloud, you can unclick "My Photo Stream" and "Photo Sharing."
"I'm just learning how to use my phone," said Meagan Wagner who has had her phone for just a couple weeks.
But she knows she'll have to learn quickly before hackers find and share to the rest of the world.
"If you try hard enough at anything it's possible," said Network technician Michael Frantz.
He says about once a month he'll see someone contact his shop complaining about unwanted information extracted from a personal device.
"Think about what you were sharing. Think about what you're taking pictures with. If you don't want pictures of your family to get out don't share them. Don't take them on your iPhone. Use an actual camera," said Frantz. "You get a good quality too."
For those who do take photos with their phone, he recommends turning off your iCloud photo stream and making your iCloud password difficult to guess.
And if you need to back things up, do an automatic back up with iTunes or you can even just do it on a local hard drive.
"Local hard drives are more secure than iCloud at this point in my opinion due to on anonymity. There's so many people out there it's hard for a hacker to pinpoint a specific person unless you're a celebrity," said Frantz.
But the best advice of all comes from Wagner, "Don't take risky photos that you don't want the whole world to see."
It's not just iPhone users who need to worry, but one of the most effective ways to prevent hacking on your iCloud or your Google storage is to set up two-step authentication so you get a notification anytime someone uses your storage.
To learn more about two-step verification, visit:
- Google / Android: https://www.google.com/landing/2step/
- Apple / iOS: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5570
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