Life online after the latest celebrity photo hacking
By Matt Katzer

Whether anyone out there would like to see our selfies or not (probably not), the recent high profile over exposure of certain celebrities reminds us that Cloud computing comes with vulnerabilities. The following are some ways to keep online data as secure as possible:

1. USE PASSWORDS WISELY. Try to change your main ones every 90 days. Don’t use pet names, family names or words that can be found in the dictionary. Use random letters and at least one each of a capital letter, a special character and a digit. If you can’t remember it all, use a safe system for storing your passwords.

2. DOUBLE-UP ON IDENTITY. Set up a two-factor authentication process for accessing your data. This additional security measure is designed to prevent anyone from accessing or using your account, even if they have your password. It requires you to verify your identity using one of your devices (e.g. your phone) before you can access any system or device.

3. ONLY USE TRUSTED DEVICES & WEBSITES. Who do you trust? Here are some hints: Check the web address (URL) of the website to make sure it is a known business, and never log into a secure website from an unknown device. For example, a kiosk in a coffee shop is a high risk place to use your login credentials

4. DON’T FALL FOR “PHISHERS”. Only provide access to your device by entities you have authorized to help you. That is, never give login information to someone who has phoned you or emailed you out of the blue.

5. DOWNLOAD DISCRIMINATELY. Get software only from the manufacturer. Downloading from intermediaries can compromise your security.