How Much Do You Trust the Cloud After Celebrity Nude Photos Stored in iCloud Were Hacked?

Many people were aghast recently when iCloud was hacked and nude photos of celebrities were leaked. Some people weren’t surprised at all. After the incident, how much do you trust the cloud?

There are those saying that these celebrities shouldn’t have even stored these photos in iCloud to begin with and that they got what was expected. Others are just as guilty for storing everything they can in the cloud without worry because it just makes everything so much easier. Of course, they may not fully understand how iCloud works in the first place. There was even a movie released this summer about a couple who accidentally stores a sex tape in the cloud when they don’t understand how the whole process works. But the truth is that the cloud isn’t necessarily private, so storing anything that is of a sensitive nature, whether personal or business, leaves you vulnerable. The recent scandal has shown that the system can easily be hacked. If it was done once, it can be done again.

Has this changed your opinion of the cloud? Will you still use it or will you steer clear of using it to store all your pictures and other possibly sensitive documents.

How much do you trust the cloud after celebrity nude photos stored in iCloud were hacked?

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Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.


  1. People who upload their very private data to some uncontrollabe company’s servers far away, should not mind their privacy and not complain when others get access to it, imho.

  2. The “cloud” doesn’t exist. Files don’t reside in the “cloud”. They reside on servers owned and operated by businesses like Google, Apple, Amazon, and a host of smaller firms.

    Any file you put on someone else’s server is only as secure as they make it. Even with all the good intentions in the world, if *you* can get to your files on that server, so can someone else.

  3. Putting data in the “cloud” is best described by these lines from a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem “I shot an arrow into the air, it fell to Earth, I know not where”

    I have never trusted the cloud concept. Once you put your data “in the cloud” you lose all control over it. You are at the mercy of the cloud server owner(s).

    Corporate records are subject to government examination. US government is currently trying to convince federal courts to declare any data residing on Dropbox servers to be part of “corporate records” and as such open for governmental perusal.

  4. ‘Data is power, trust us for controlling your data and our power will grow, and your dependence too. Thank you dumb donkey!’

    That’s how we silly little people helped some multinationals starting to own the world. Modern, concious living people stay away from that remote storing nonsense and store their stuff at a NAS or harddisk at home and keep control over their data.

  5. If you don’t want anyone to see, don’t take pictures and certainly don’t put them anywhere than local storage

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