I Dare You to Look at Me Naked!

This past Labor Day weekend, news headlines announced certain female celebrities’ Apple iCloud accounts were hacked and personal pictures of these celebrities, more specifically very personal pictures of these celebrities in the nude, were obtained and posted to a public forum named 4Chan.

This breach of privacy incited news pundits to discuss cyber security risks and strategies to prevent hackers from accessing your personal information and finding your nude photos and making them public. I only heard one news anchor, Becky Quick of CNBC’s Squawk Box, suggest the best way to prevent nude pictures of you from being made public is to not take pictures of yourself naked or let others take pictures of you bare. That does seem the safest way to prevent public embarrassment caused by your nude photos being posted for public viewing. I would suggest we all take Becky’s advice. I don’t even look at myself in the mirror when I’m naked. If I do, I stare at my eyes.

Is your password strong enough?

How are you guarding your online privacy?

Some experts suggest the celebrities’ accounts were most likely hacked by malicious individuals concentrating on their specific accounts. The hackers might have found someway to get their email address and then send them an email that allowed a hacker to deceptively acquire the celebrity’s user names and passwords. Others suggests that hackers might have used software designed to use computer power to quickly generate passwords at high speeds over and over again until they break your account password.

These news headlines should cause us all to pause and consider the user names and passwords we use to access our own accounts. David as a user name and Fido123 as a password may be easy to remember but it is also going to be easy for a hacker to hack my account. So what is a better strategy to keep your personal information personal and safe from unauthorized access?

Because of the sheer number of accounts that I have to remember user names and passwords, I personally use a password manager software called RoboForm. With RoboForm I only have to remember one user name and one password and it remembers the rest. RoboForm will generate strong and unique passwords for each of your accounts and work on both Apple and Windows computers.

However, if you are a DIY devotee, below are some links to recommendations on how to keep you digital data safe:

Google: Online-Safety, Secure Your Passwords

Wikihow: How to Choose a Secure Password

Windows: Tips for creating a strong password

Bottom line advice: Keep your clothes on.