We’re all naked really when it comes to our online presence

IN LIGHT of the recent Jennifer Lawrence nude photos’ scandal I have changed all of my passwords, checked my social media privacy settings and checked all my roaming cloud storage is private. The media might be going overboard saying it was disgusting that she was nude and how it was just shameful to take naked photos. However, A) Right on J-Law! If you want to take pictures of your naked body because you feel secure about your appearance then go ahead, cause not many other women could say they 100% love themselves. And B) The only disgusting thing I see is that someone hacked into her private storage and exposed her – whichever way you twist it, it’s still theft.

j-lawNot many people know that a lot of modern phones automatically back up photos and videos to external cloud based storage. You have to manually turn this feature off on your smartphone and unless done, you could be left vulnerable to data theft. Even if it was holiday pictures from years ago, what I had for dinner on Instagram or my personal pictures it would still be theft, although due to its elusive nature very few criminals see punishment for this. Although only heard about when celebrities are concerned, it happens on a regular basis to ordinary people, in the form of identity theft from credit cards to online shopping accounts. Once someone has gained access to your cloud storage it could lead to various possibilities. For example, your phone is accessible via this route, and from there many things are accessible including passwords, personal details, social media accounts and email accounts.

You may think “so what, some random guy can see where I went on holiday last year or where I go to school”, but these could be all they need to create a profile and steal an identity. Not many people read through all of the Facebook privacy policy, to make sure that random people can’t search for them, or that only their friends can see family photos. In truth all you need is a name, maybe a school, or past employer, or area and you have a whole person’s life in front of you, it’s so easy (go on try it with that person your friend was on about last week but you can’t remember if you’ve met them or not) – just think that someone could do that to you.

Additionally the same goes for email accounts – once someone has access to that, they have all of your passwords and private information. After all, isn’t that how you reset passwords and aren’t most people’s email passwords the same as every other password? In essence we are all naked on the internet. I’m no different; my phone number, email, work history and pictures of my family are out there. We take the internet for granted so often that we don’t realise it can bite us in the derrière.

It’s scary, isn’t it, how little we know about technology, despite how much it could ruin our life if someone hacked us. In my opinion, something like the J-Law nudity scandal should be taken as a warning that no-matter what it is hackers can easily get at it. Protect yourself; don’t be nude to the world!