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Tips to keep your Cloud-based storage secure

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Privacy isn't what it used to be.  

Over the last week, several celebrities have learned that the hard way, after hackers stole their private, intimate photos from the cloud-based storage accounts.  

The photos were apparently lifted by hackers from a cloud based storage service.  

It's something that could happen to anyone.

Cloud storage is like a digital storage shed - it holds data like pictures, documents and other files.  

Kevin Mahafey is a digital security expert and he says cloud storage is an asset if it's used correctly and safely. 

"The positives are if you store your data in the cloud, it's less likely to get lost, so if you lose your phone or your phone breaks or drop in the lake, you usually lose all your data.  And so if the cloud protects you from that, however, it also exposes the data to being breached if you use a bad password or if the cloud service gets hacked," Mahafey said.

If you used services like Dropbox to back up files, or if you have saved emails stored with Google, Yahoo or similar sites, you are probably using the cloud.  

Cut down on the odds of having your private content stolen, by using a two step authentication, where you enter a digital code that is sent to your phone through a text.

Be particular about what you share on line - go ahead and save those family vacation photos.  

But save private photos or financial documents somewhere else.  

Update your passwords and change them often.  

Never open strange emails or click unrequested links.  

Also, use security features that you have available to you - like a lock screen, and anti virus software.

It is also important to be aware of your cloud settings.  

Most services, like iCloud, let you chose whether to automatically backup files.  

You can turn those features off on your device's settings.

The FBI and cloud storage companies are still investigating these recent leaks.  

In the meantime, it's surprisingly easy to keep your digital privacy private, by opting for common sense and caution each time.

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