It wasn’t long ago that “the cloud” was looked at as a somewhat mysterious new technology that aimed to change the way we use devices of all types. At its core, cloud-based technology allows users to have access to all of their information from any device on Earth with an Internet connection. Do you need to take a document with you home from work to finish editing it? Put those CDs or flash drives away and just upload it to the cloud. Are you collaborating with classmates on a particular project and want to be able to easily track changes and make sure that everyone has access to the latest information? The cloud can do all of that and more.
Instead of storing files locally on the user’s hard drive, cloud-based technology stores these devices on a series of servers that are always connected to the Internet. Not only is this a great way to expedite file sharing and free up space on local hard disk drives, but it’s also a great way to make sure that all of your information is safe and secure. In the event that your hard drive crashes, for example, you don’t have to worry about it having taken weeks or even years of precious documents along with it. They’re all safe and secure in the cloud where they belong.
Many cloud technology providers even offer military grade encryption features that are designed to prevent anything from happening to important and personal information. Apple was one of the biggest companies to take a bold step in the direction of a cloud-based world, having integrated a service called iCloud into all mobile devices running iOS 7. When paired with a Mac OS X device running the latest version of that operating system, the benefits were clear. Any time you added a new piece of information to the “Contacts” application on your MacBook, for example, you didn’t have to then switch over to your iPhone and make the same adjustment. So long as you were syncing everything with your iCloud account, all information is always in all places at the same time.
The same held true for pictures. You didn’t have to worry about syncing your iPhone with iTunes to back up all of those great personal pictures that you’ve taken with your device over the years. Simply log into iCloud on both your iPhone and your computer and the pictures are in both places automatically. iCloud truly appeared to be a safe, secure way to make sure that you always have access to your important information wherever you go.
That is, until recent events have thrust the iCloud service and Apple in general into the news for all of the wrong reasons. With a Smartphone as popular as the iPhone, it is not unreasonable to believe that a huge number of different types of people all use the device on a daily basis – from regular Joes to celebrities and everyone in between.
In early September of 2014, it was revealed that a lengthy hack had been taking place of Apple’s iCloud servers for quite some time. The nude and risqué photographs of dozens of celebrities, including actresses like Jennifer Lawrence of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “The Hunger Games,” were leaked onto the Internet through a website called 4chan. These pictures weren’t stolen along with the celebrities’ cell phones. The celebrities didn’t give someone unauthorized access to their hard disk drives and ended up paying dearly for it. The hack was the result of lax security protocols in the iCloud service that people had previously put so much of their trust in.
The hack itself proved to be quite intricate in nature. For starters, there was no one “mystery hacker” that was distributing all of the pictures onto the Internet. Though not all information is available, it seemed to be the results of dozens of people all working in tandem over a period of several months or even years. These individuals would gain access to iCloud accounts through “brute force” methods – in general, they simply guessed the passwords that celebrities used to protect their accounts using challenge questions and publicly available information on the Internet.
If your challenge question is “What was the name of your favorite pet?” and you’re just a regular person, you probably don’t have too much to worry about. When you’re a celebrity, the chances are high that you’ve been asked and have answered that question many times in interviews over the years.
The leak itself has still not officially stopped. There is currently a third wave of pictures that are hitting the Internet and the pace shows no signs of slowing down. There is no telling exactly how many pictures were stolen and the total number of people they were stolen from until the proverbial dust truly settles.
The recent iCloud hack is just one example of why services like Dropmymobile are so important.
Dropmymobile is the exact type of service that is designed for people who have ever worried about losing their phone, keeping track of multiple devices or even falling prey to prying eyes. Dropmymobile.com is a product that allows you to back up all data of Android devices to a secured server not only so that you have quick and immediate access to it in the future, but so that you don’t have to worry about the types of security breaches that iCloud celebrities fell prey to. Information is stored with military grade encryption to ease concerns.
Dropmymobile even has a “Paranoid Mode” which gives the user a secret key to access all of their important information that is known only to them. The key is not saved anywhere except in the user’s head, making it impossible for a hacker to find out about it.
Dropmymobile currently has a special promotion that allows users to get 10 gigabytes of cloud-based data for free for ten full months using code DMM1010. This is in addition to the five gigabytes of space that new users already get when downloading the product in the first place.