The iCloud…What Is It Anyways?
In honor of Apple’s big launch this week (and “the Cloud’s” news last week), I thought it was a good time to discuss iCloud and what it really does for it’s loyal Apple customers.
In a nutshell, iCloud is the system that stores your information on a server or remote computer via the internet, rather than on your own computer. This eliminates the need to plug in and sync your device anytime you want your current content (music, photos, files, etc.) The purpose of iCloud is to automatically and securely (uhmm…) unite all of your content. So, for example, say you just uploaded pictures from your camera onto your Mac from your tropical vacation. You want to share this photos with your friends over lunch but oh darn! You forgot to sync your phone. Worry not, sweet Apple lovers, iCloud to the rescue. Thanks to the magic of the cloud, you are able to scroll through a photo album on your phone without having to sync your phone and computer.
How Secure Is The iCloud?
However, clouds themselves don’t seem very strong and sturdy do they? Actually, they seem like they can be passed through pretty easily…
Well, if you’re wondering about security, here it is. Straight from Apple themselves.
“iCloud secures your data by encrypting it when it is sent over the Internet, storing it in an encrypted format when kept on server and using secure tokens for authentication. This means that your data is protected from unauthorized access both while it is being transmitted to your devices and when it is stored in the cloud. iCloud uses a minimum of 128-bit AES encryption—the same level of security employed by major financial institutions—and never provides encryption keys to any third parties.”
So all this celebrity photo leaking through iCloud make you want to shut it down? Not so fast. You didn’t stop using your credit card after the Target hack, did you? Having the cloud is very convenient and to just stop using it because of one reported (while very significant) hack is just silly. Apple has reportedly since fixed the big hole in iCloud that caused the celebrity photo leak. The benefits of iCloud outweigh the risk, and the only thing you can do is make your passwords as secure as you can (think CaPs and NuMb3R5) and use good judgement.
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