Recent news of hackers with celebrities’ private photos is that of Jennifer Lawrence in the confines of her own bedroom. The real scandal, however, is the obvious lack of security over Apple’s iCloud technology. Sure, we all know everything associated with technology can be tracked and hacked into. The nitty gritty details of almost all celebrities can be found when searched, which makes it easy to guess the correct password and gain access to unthinkable photos. Unfortunately, there are prude people in the world and this frequent occurrence can flip a person’s world upside down in an instant.
Apple has announced that it will strengthen its security measures after this recent episode. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, recently admitted this in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. The new system will add alerts through email and push notifications about activities that could be potential signs of a break-in. This may classify under anyone trying to change an account password, restoring data to a new device or when a device logs into an account for the first time. In the past, Apple customers only received an email when the account password was being changed or signing into accounts with a new device.
Earlier this year, Apple began two-factor authentication to iCloud. It will broaden its use to avoid future intrusions and aggressively inspire customers to turn on two-factor authentication with the new version of iOS.
These services are expected to be up and running within the next 14 days. The company has itself completely occupied for the time being, as it is launching the iPhone 6 this week. It is important to act now and restore confidence in its systems’ security.
I am surprised that Apple did not provide the two-factor authentication earlier and for failing to make its devices and software easier to secure through the technology. Better late then never, right?
Jennifer Lawrence has every right to be ticked off. However, this does not justify the 60+ photos found on her phone and would suggest an incongruous level of naivety on her behalf. Celebrities should know better.
Has anyone ever experienced a similar situation? Not to the extent of nude photos leaked online but more so with Apple security?
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