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How to guard your iCloud from hackers: CNET Update

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CNET Update: How to guard your iCloud from hackers

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Hackers attacked the iCloud accounts of some celebrities, so it's time to boost your own cloud-security awareness. CNET's Bridget Carey offers tips on keeping your account secure and explains why deleting a photo doesn't always truly delete it.

It's time to get more secure about what you share to the cloud. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNet update. [MUSIC] Many folks are thinking twice about the security of their cloud storage, after several female celebrities reportedly had their online accounts hacked. Resulting in private nude photos from their devices stolen and posted online. THe hackers say that they grabbed the images from the celebrities icloud photo backup accounts. In light of all this there are some things you should keep in mind to keep your data more secure from attacks. Some think the hackers use software to crack an Apple password. By trying multiple combinations of passwords over and over again, without getting locked out. Now Apple has patched that possibility. But, if anyone ever does get your password, you could be extra protected by using two-factor verification on your account. It means that if you're logging in from a new computer, once you enter in the password. You have to enter in another passcode that is sent to your phone or tablet just to double-check that it's really you trying to login. You can turn on this extra layer of security by going to your my apple id security settings. Many other networks and services offer two step verification including Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. A second thing to remember is that deleting a photo from your phone doesn't mean you're really deleting it. On the iPhone, the iCloud service backs up all the photos that you've taken in the past 30 days and saves the copy online. Those photos automatically appear on your other Apple devices, like your iPad and your Mac computer. So if you delete a photo from your phone there could still be a copy floating around in the my photo stream album that's saved to Apple's servers. You can turn off the photo stream in settings under iCloud and then click on photos. Google Plus and Microsoft's One Drive have a similar service that automatically saves a copy of all the photos you take, and you may just want to avoid taking photos of sensitive things all together because deleting a photo from your phone. Doesn't really delete it. Even if you do a factory reset before reselling the phone, it's possible to hook up your Android phone to a computer to recover old deleted files. Sometimes the file has to be rewritten over, to be truly erased from the memory. Meanwhile in other tech news, if you're looking for a way to stream music across multiple rooms in your home. Sonos has a new solution. A software update allows the Sonos speaker system to work wirelessly with your home WiFi network. Before it required one device to be hooked up to your home router, but now it can be completely wireless, well, except for the power cable. That's your tech news update. You can find more details at cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]

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