Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple, LinkedIn, Dropbox – these are just a few of the places that your private information can be found. The location of the photo’s you are tagged in can be used in so many different ways to identify the places you go, what you do and who you were with. So, you bear all with the hope that the companies you intrust with your data are keeping you safe from harm. But who can you really trust?
The Telegraph yesterday quoted a statement made by Apple’s boss Tim Cook, who said:
“They’re (taking a stab at Google) gobbling up everything they can learn about you and trying to monetise it. We think that’s wrong. And it’s not the kind of company that Apple wants to be.”
This was mainly directed at Google Photos, a new app the search engine giant revealed at its I/O developers conference last week. Unlike Apple’s paid iCloud service, Google is offering unlimited photo storage, which can be accessed across all devices. A nice move by Google, but free is not always the best solution when it comes to privacy.
In our opinion, security of personal data should begin at the home, where we need to ensure that we remain vigilant. Passwords to your online accounts should be the first thing cloud storage users should focus on. Passwords are the first thing hackers will try to find when they are looking for someone to hack – and believe us when we say this – these hackers are not fools. They spend lots of time profiling users and searching around for information on you before they begin their onslaught. Signing up to services requires everyone to create a password and most people use the same password across all their sites – its easier to remember and convenient. YOU are at serious risk of being hacked!