We’re sure you’ve heard of the “CelebGate” scandal that happened over this past Labor Day weekend, wherein several A-list celebrities had their iCloud accounts hacked into which resulted in their private, mostly provocative, media being leaked onto the internet for the world to see.
It may have seemed like a distant, maybe even inciting a “Well, what did you think would happen?” moment, right?
Perhaps you should reconsider that thought.
How Did The Cloud Get Hacked?
If you don’t know, “iCloud” is Apple’s cloud storage system for their customers. All pictures, videos, documents, etc. from an Apple device can be stored in iCloud.
Many people, like Jennifer Lawrence, have no idea how it actually works or the fact that they can turn off the auto saving features.
Apple has claimed there was no security hack on their end, but something must have happened because all of the leaked media did indeed, based on metadata, come from iCloud.
The iPhone is the most popular phone in America. Odds are good that whoever is reading this has one on their desk or in their pocket – or reading this on the device itself.
Now think about how many people you know have an iPhone, iPad or any Apple product. You probably know quite a few people, right?
Let’s be clear for a minute here. This is no indictment on Apple. Apparently there was no crack in their security systems so the hack must have come a bit more conventionally.
This is more of an indictment on the security problems of the fabled “cloud” storage system.
If you decide to store your data on the cloud, you’re using shared equipment that’s not yours (i.e. the server is provided from the cloud company and multiple users share the same server).
This means that not only do you not know where exactly your data is stored, but you definitely don’t know who you’re sharing the server with.
And, going back to the servers being provided by the cloud hosting company, when they upgrade their equipment is your data getting properly transferred? You have absolutely no physical control over your data – it’s all automatic.
How Can You Protect Your Data From the Vulnerabilities of the Cloud?
Maybe you know how to properly secure your data, but do your partners?
Well, let’s just focus on you.
Most businesses may find the cloud to be the cheaper option when looking for places to host their data. But do they see the potential danger?
Let’s compare cloud to a dedicated server. On a dedicated server all your data is yours. You don’t share that server with someone else, the server is your property and you can protect it any way that you like.
It’s also not shared with anyone else (unless you would want it to be). So storing your information on a dedicated server will certainly give you that peace of mind that it’s protected from any leaks, scandals or whatnots you certainly wouldn’t want your business to be a part of.
And always be aware of what information you are sending to other people because who knows, they might have made the switch to cloud already.
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