Protecting Your Information in the Cloud

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RENO, NV - The latest celebrity photo hack has cloud users worried that their personal information could be at risk. Cloud storage can be a great tool because it frees up space on your computer, but before you start backing up photos and other information on there you need to know how it works and what to do to protect your data.

iCloud, Dropbox, and Google Drive all work pretty much the same way. When you sync a device, like your smartphone or tablet, to the cloud it creates two copies of the file. So if you delete something from your phone there's a good chance it's still stored in the cloud. A lot of people don't even know that their information is being backed up to the wireless feature since many devices already have it built in and it sends data automatically.

There are ways to make sure your photos don't end up in the hands of hackers.

- Make sure you are using a different password for your cloud storage. The easiest way for hackers to gain access to your information is by using the same password for multiple accounts. Also, make your password difficult. The longer the better.

- Always use a secure wireless network. WPA and WPA 2 encryption for your home router are recommended. Experts say WEP encryption is outdated and can be cracked.

- Set up two factor authentication. This greatly increases your security by requiring a pin and a password to access your device.

For iCloud users there is also a way to turn off the back up feature, but you'll want to make sure anything you want saved is already stored on your computer. First, go to settings and open the iCloud category. Then switch off your photo stream. If you don't want to turn off this feature and just want to get rid of a few photos you can hit edit when you're in the photo stream and select the photos you want to delete.