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Understanding Password Safety, Avoid Your Private Cloud from Being Hacked

September 17, 2014

As industry leaders in IT services, it is our job at Alura Business Solutions to answer the tough questions surrounding the recent celebrity “cloud-hacking” incident that has everyone in an uproar. The main question being:


First of all, hacking isn’t a new activity. People have been hacking devices and websites since the internet began. The recent attack on celebrities, and their provocative images only exploited a well-known weakness within the infrastructure of the internet.

The security of the Cloud was not the reason why celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton were hacked (if those were even real photos of the celebrities. Recent reports are stating they could have been photo shopped). When people set up their email, PayPal account, or cloud device, they far too often cut corners by relying on the same simple passwords. If you have ever had your information compromised from a digital attack, it is probably because you avoided the following advice:

  • If you have compromising photos or information, do you really want to store them on the internet? Consider what you do and do not feel comfortable storing.
  • Choose passwords that will be almost impossible to hack, but keep them simple enough for you to remember. It is a wise choice to avoid choosing passwords that include real names, or personal data such as social security number or birthdate.
  • Choose a different password for every different site you create an account for
  • If you have the chance, use sites that include a two factor-authentication system. This is a system that sends a code to your phone to be used for one time only. You have to enter that code each time you try to log onto the site.

Coming up with harder passwords can seem inconvenient. But, would you rather spend a few more minutes to ensure safety, or be sorry when your information is compromised? If you have any questions at all about private cloud storage, or IT management services, contact us today.


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