Benefits and dangers of backing up to the cloud

Technology experts: If it's done through the internet its accessible to hackers.

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WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– Several Hollywood starlet’s have had intimate photos reportedly hacked through the popular data storage system called the “cloud.” 22News found out how vulnerable you may also be to having some of your personal information taken.

Millions of mobile device users backup their information using the data storage method dubbed “the cloud.” Technology experts told 22News the cloud is a room full of servers in a location different from where you are, storing your data, and that it’s all done through the internet.

The system can be useful if say your smart phone, computer, or tablet were stolen or destroyed, all the information on there, like pictures and contact lists would have been saved, but recent reports of the system being hacked has many on edge.

“I think you have to think a little bit before you do do things on your computer,” Donna Buoniconti, from West Springfield, told 22News.

And Technology experts agree. Joel Mollison, President of Northeast IT systems in West Springfield says, if it’s linked to the internet, chances are its accessible to a hacker. That means you need to protect your information the same way you do your other online accounts.

“You always want to make sure you don’t use the same password for every account you have, because if it is stolen once, it’s likely that someone will try to use the same password with your other accounts,” Mollison said.

He also said to make sure the passwords include numbers, symbols, and some capitalized letters. Mollison added that hackers can easily research on your social media accounts, for things like your mother’s maiden name or your pet’s name, so choose your security questions carefully.

You can also adjust your devices cloud settings to the “off” position if you don’t want your information going to the cloud.

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