IClouded judg­ment

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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

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