Your Pictures

Have you ever taken pictures on your phone that you didn’t want to share with the public? Maybe the pictures have graphic content. Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities had personal images taken from their mobile phones, and these intimate photos caused them a great deal of embarrassment and discomfort.

People may wonder how this happens, so it is best to explain the mechanics of cloud storage. “It is important for celebrities and the general public to remember that images and data no longer just reside on the device that captured it,” said Ken Westin, security analyst at Tripwire.

“Although many cloud providers may encrypt the data communications between the device and the cloud, it does not mean that the image and data is encrypted when the data is at rest,” Westin said. “If you can view the image in the cloud service, so can a hacker.”

Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead was also affected by the leaking of celebrity photos. She posted on Twitter: “To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves. Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this.”

Remember, cloud storage systems have passwords, and it is important that you protect your photos with a strong password, not the name of your pet that you constantly show off on Facebook. Also, don’t use security questions that could be easily guessed by anyone. In addition, I suggest a enterprise-level cloud storage system that is secure.

Your Child’s Identity

Cybercriminals don’t just target adults; they target anyone who can benefit them, even children. Schools and universities are susceptible to data breaches, and your child’s Social Security number could be stolen in a cyber attack.
Once your child’s Social Security number is stolen, then the criminal can “apply for government benefits, open bank and credit card accounts, apply for a loan or utility service, or rent a place to live.” If your child’s identity has been stolen, then you should contact Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax and ask for “a manual search of the child’s file.” These agencies may require documents to prove your child’s identity and your identity. Ask the credit bureaus to remove any fraudulent accounts and consider a freeze on your child’s credit. A credit freeze will make it harder for identity thieves to use your child’s social security number to open lines of credit.

The Federal Trade Commission recommends checking to see if your child has a credit report when they are around 16 years old. If there are errors or if you detect fraud, you will have time to correct the situation before you child applies for a job, college, or an apartment.