PROFESSIONAL PROVOCATEUR Kim Kardashian is the latest victim of the iCloud internet hacking scandal, prompting more angstfilled debate about our data security.
It’s hard to feel all that sympathetic given that Kim Kardashian is practically nude, or appears to be just about nude, in almost every shot she posts on social media. A few snaps of her in the buff aren’t exactly shocking.
In any case, why is anyone surprised that Apple’s iCloud, formed of giant computer servers that enable the sharing and storage of data, is not entirely secure?
Of course, Kim Kardashian is just the latest in a growing number of celebrities whose private iCloud accounts have been hacked and intimate snaps posted online.
Most people with an internet connection and a sense of curiosity have probably looked at other hacked photos – most likely of US actress Jennifer Lawrence naked on a couch with a glass of red. (It’s for research purposes, remember).
I do agree that these women are victims, but why is no one asking why they put such personal snaps on the iCloud in the first place?
It may be that these women simply weren’t aware of how the iCloud works. They certainly wouldn’t be alone. It’s just a sign of the blind faith many of us put in technology that we neither understand, nor properly know how to use.
Of course, people have been taking saucy naked snaps of their loved ones for generations – this is nothing new. However, there does seem to be a heightened sense of exhibitionism these days, which means naked selfies are just another normal step in the dating process.
Now, it is a case of boy meets girl, boy texts girl and asks for a naked selfie. Girl complies. Boy then breaks up with girl and he sends selfie to all the boys in his phone’s contacts. Girl then struggles to get another date. Boy is thought to be a legend.
Back in my day, if you were ever going to let anyone take a raunchy photo of you, you used a Polaroid, and you threatened to cut their wedding tackle off if they ever showed their mates.
Blokes certainly didn’t have access to the internet to allow them to instantly share such snaps with the world – forever. Polaroid was definitely the safest photographic option because you didn’t need to get them processed at your local chemist where Aunty Betty worked.
Now, we are using technology that is changing so fast we all struggle to keep up with the new trends, terms and implications.
I know this first-hand, I’m a little embarrassed to admit. My hubby had a favourite shot of me in a towel fresh out of the shower that would come up on his phone whenever I called him.
We thought it was funny and cute. (For the record, he does not use Apple’s iCloud and the shot is quite tame.)
However, a few years later, after an upgrade of one of Apple’s operating systems, he realised that every time he shared my contact, the pic would be sent along with it.
We quickly fixed it, but it does prove the point that most of us who use this technology don’t really understand how it works.
So go ahead and use the iCloud as a backup for your iThings, but be aware that technology is never foolproof.
If there’s anything racy in there, you need to know there is a chance it may end up on RedTube. This is not scaremongering, it’s just commonsense.
Also, be smart enough to regularly change your passwords and security details. This is important because Apple still maintains the weak link was not its Cloud, but hackers guessing celebrities’ pass codes and security questions.
It might also be a good idea to remember that there are possible privacy breaches for a range of other devices like Google Maps, which can follow every move you make if you give it permission.
There’s also Find my Mobile, which is a glorified tracking device, and every stalker’s best friend.
In the end, I’m saddened that bored sickos have managed to steal intimate photos of women whose talents extend way beyond their bums and boobs (in Lawrence’s case, anyway), but I am hardly surprised. Sometimes old-school is the only way to go. Why not buy a Polaroid? Blog with Susie at Susieobrien.com.au and follow her on Twitter @susieob