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Nude Celebrity Photos Leaked on Web could be a Sign Your Personal Information is in Danger

Updated: Monday, September 1 2014, 09:58 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Over the weekend, nude photos of several celebrities including Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and supermodel Kate Upton appeared online. Both the FBI and Apple are now investigating to see if those hacks occurred on the same Cloud based services your pictures may be stored on.

Your iCloud keeps a lot of data, but if you use yours to store photos there are some things you may want to consider.

"I'm here with all my best friends," says tourist Briana Unger.

Unger is in Nashville for a bachelorette party.

"Yeah, there's been a ton of pictures taken," says Unger.

She's storing all those memories not just on her phone, but also on iCloud.

"It's just a good way to back up your pictures in case I drop my phone," says Unger.

Just how private are those photos really? It's a legit question considering the very personal photos hackers may have accessed from celebrity Cloud accounts over the weekend.

"If you don't want someone to know about your data it need not be on the web," says Director of Digital Forensics for Logic Force James Kemvanee. "You need to have control of where it's going."

Kempvanee says hacking is something you should think about if you have any private pictures or information stored on a Cloud. You may be uploading some of that data automatically on your iPhone too, unless you take these steps.

"You've got a photo stream that's been fed out and you've also got photo scanning on so the first thing we wanna do is delete those items shut these items off," says Kempvanee.

One way to protect sensitive data you have to store on a Cloud is to encrypt it. There are plenty of apps that will do the job, but Kempvanee says you want to read the fine print.

"Those free services, although they may encrypt it or tell you they encrypt it, they may not actually be true encryption," says Kempvanee.

A few things to keep in mind as this weekend has shown. A private picture may not be private forever.

"It definitely makes you concerned about the privacy you have," says Unger. "You don't know who controls your pictures anymore but it's the only way to back it up."

Experts say you also need to pay close attention to your email accounts. Those can contain private info. too, like social security numbers for example. If you use Gmail, for example, it might be a good idea to archive your mail personally and not through Google.

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