Celebrities are always caught in the eye of the public or rather, the eye of the camera. Even when celebrities aren’t being constantly documented by reporters, they seem to like documenting themselves with their smartphone cameras — often naked.
But on Aug. 31, many celebrities received a wake-up call regarding their lack of privacy and probably deleted a couple photos from their cyber albums. That day, many female celebrities’ smartphones were hacked, releasing their private photos onto the Internet.
These spurts of released information are known as leaks, but this was more of a flood considering the 200-plus collection of photos.
Naturally, there is only one thing these celebrities can do to stop the leaking of nude photos — stop taking nude pictures on mobile devices.
Now I know this may be a really hard thing to stop doing, but I, for some reason, have faith in our most beloved celebrities.
However, the real issue isn’t naked celebrities. It’s the lack of privacy that these celebrities and many other unsuspecting victims have when it comes to technology and the Internet.
People need to realize that nothing is safe or private on a smartphone or computer.
No matter how cute you may think Siri is, she will spill your life onto the web for all to see and critique. Just think of the thousands, if not millions, of people who viewed the leaked nude celebrity photos.
Cyberattacks were once primarily on computers, but as the use of smartphones and app technologies advance, the attacks will only expand.
“There are many reasons why smartphones are vulnerable,” according to money.cnn.com.
“For one, they run most of the same software that smartphone users also use on their computers.
Smartphones also have many additional capabilities that hackers can exploit. They can connect to other potentially vulnerable devices using Bluetooth and send and receive text messages, for example.”
After searching the web for smartphone security advice, I came up with a handful of simple resolutions: have a password lock on your phone; update the password often; don’t use the same password on all devices or emails; turn off your bluetooth; don’t download sketchy third-party apps; and always install mobile security software.
What I take from this information is simply to not trust any device.
However, my life is on my smartphone and it seems almost inconvenient to put it elsewhere. So I will continue to use my smartphone but with the knowledge that nothing is safe.
On the bright side, my life isn’t really interesting or relevant to hackers in the first place. Overall, I’ll think twice before taking nude photos.