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The iCloud Leak

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Photos in the cloud? This week you are lucky for not being a celebrity! Or maybe you are? Then, let’s hope your pics are not stored in iCloud.

Last Sunday Apple’s cloud service iCloud became a part of a scandalous leak of hundreds of nude pictures of Hollywood celebrities. The theory goes that the pictures were stolen from the celebrities’ iCloud accounts. Representatives of Apple claim that they had always taken user privacy very seriously. But can they prove it this time?

Although there are many hypotheses on the possible means of the leak, security experts are already pointing their fingers at two flaws in the Apple security. Those issues are related to the iCloud online storage application and the Find My iPhone API.

What has probably happened is the so called brute-force security attack, which is essentially a trial-and-error-way of breaking through security, and it usually only works if there is a weakness in the security of a system that allows an unlimited number of login attempts.

Usually, when you log in to a system of such type, it protects you from hacker attacks by locking up the system or the account, if an incorrect password is entered a certain number of times. However, after the leak it was established that the Find My iPhone app does not have such limitations. Apple, on the other hand, fixed this vulnerability in an instant. A little too late maybe.

What may be the initial cause of the attack is the posting of the so called iBrute 36 hours before the celebrities’ photos leaked online. iBrute was released in order to point out to Apple some of its security issues. It seems that someone might have benefited from the iBrute system to hack a large number of private accounts.

According to experts, the iCloud security has two potential weak spots.

First, the Find My iPhone app does not have the required level of password protection or user alerts. And second, the user’s iCloud security code, which is separate from the user’s iCloud password. The code defaults to just four digits and may also be vulnerable to a force attack.

Even if all this is true, how could so many accounts be hacked? A leading theory is that there were a handful of accounts that were used to find contact details, including email addresses, for the others. With those IDs in hand, the hackers simply continued to apply the force attack until they had access to other accounts’ iCloud data.

Of course, a completely different source may be the one, which have caused the leak. Or it may simply be an advertising trick. As you know, there is no such thing as negative advertising. But just in case you are still unaware of the iCloud security, we would recommend other online storage services. So, read our blog and stay tuned.

Transfer your Photos through Various Clouds

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If you are not certain about the security of your photos in your current cloud storage provider or on the social networks, this is probably one of the best services for you. Cloudsfer is not a cloud storage space, it is a cloud storage migration platform. Using it, you can transfer your data from one cloud to another or from a social network to a cloud, without the need to copy your photos or other files manually.

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The platform is free and when you sign up you are provided with the opportunity to select a migration plan. To start, simply click on a cloud storage or a social platform you would like to transfer your files from. For this article, we chose to migrate our files from Dropbox. However, you can also move them from OneDrive, Instagram, Facebook, Box, Google Drive and Copy. Once you select the service provider you would like to transfer your files from, you are asked for permission to access your files and folders.

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When the transfer is already configured, you are asked to submit the Migration Plan via Cloudsfer.

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Afterwards, Cloudsfer asks you to specify the online storage platform you plan to save your files to. If you have chosen to move your files from Dropbox, you can choose as a destination OneDrive, Box, Google Drive and Copy.

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In our example we chose Box as a destination file storage platform for migrating our photos. At this point Clousfer asks you to allow access to your Box space.

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When you provide access, you are presented with a summary of your Migration Plan. You can Save it, Schedule it and Edit it. When you save your migration you are sent to the final screen of the process, when you can choose to Execute your plan or Delete it.

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You can perform such plans multiple times combining various social platforms and clouds.

MediaFire for Professional Photographers and Amateur Photo-takers

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Being a wonderful cloud storage platform, especially for storing media, MediaFire initially gives you 12 GB of free storage space, but they offer a nice referral scheme, through which you can get up to 50 GB. This is wonderful news for those who store large collections of photos. The 200 Megabyte per file limit is, however, unpleasant, but it is sufficient for most of the photos you make. The MediaFire Pro and Business accounts, on the other hand, do not impose such limitations, and if you are a pro, you may consider choosing one of those two options for a very reasonable price.

The web interface is very user friendly and offers preliminarily created folders, one of which is dedicated to your photos.

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You can easily upload your photos to the web photos folder. Actually, the online storage system gives you picture samples, already stored in your folder, in order to introduce you to the photo options available.

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To benefit from the various options available, you have a number of choices. You can either mark your photo(s) by putting a check mark to the left of it(them), and an options bar will appear in orange in the upper part of the screen. There are options, such as Share, Download, View, Move, Copy and Move to Trash. Also, when you right click on a file, you also get a list of the available options. To open a photo, left click on it and the platform will open a preview screen.

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The photo preview that MediaFire provides offers a number of additional options. You can share a photo directly through the preview screen. Also, you can see your photos in different sizes and even rotate them.

To upload your photos to the web, click on the Upload button at the top of the web interface. It gives you two upload options – from your computer and from the web. Also, you can simply click the U button on your keyboard to upload files to the file storage platform.

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Using the latter, you can directly download a file from the web by providing its address.

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And lastly, let’s discuss the sharing options, since you will probably want to share your favorite photos with your friends and colleagues. To do so, open the folder where your photos are stored, mark them and choose the Share option at the top, or right click on a photo and choose Share from the drop-down menu.

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The online storage platform will generate a link which you can copy and paste through email or messenger to your collaborates. Also, you can use a social platform to share your file.

Your Photos in pCloud

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pCloud is a fast developing cloud storage service, which provides you with all of the functionalities the most commonly used cloud platforms support. pCloud is a secure space where you can store all of your audios, photos, videos, etc. and any other valuable digital belongings. By giving you 10 GB storage space upon registration, and up to 10 GB bonus free storage upon performing some steps, such as backing up your photos in Facebook, Picassa or Instagram; inviting your friends; or subscribing to newsletter, you can have enough space to store your valuable pictures that you take with your phone.

If you are an iDevice user, you need to download the application from Apple Store and install it on your phone. After installing it, you can easily upload and store your photos on the online cloud platform of pCloud. You can automatically upload your shots and backup them on the web application by performing the following steps:
– Go to the Main Screen of the application
– Select Settings → Automatic Upload → turn it ON

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This way you get all your photos uploaded to your pCloud account, in the Automatic Upload folder. From this folder you can easily share your photos with other users through generating a download link, or you can share the entire folder with your colleagues and friends.

To upload a particular photo from your phone to pCloud’s web application, you need to perform the following:
Go to the respective folder you like to upload a picture in, select the Upload Files button at the bottom left of your screen. The application makes you select the source you will upload a picture from – Camera or Library.

 

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To share a picture from your pCloud application you simply have to:
– Go to My Pictures screen
– Select Edit → Send a File → Send → Send Download Link and choose the way to send the link through – via Email, SMS, Facebook, etc.

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If you are an Android user, first download the pCloud application from Google Play and install it on your device. In order to turn the Automatic Upload function on, go to the main screen of your application and choose the Settings menu. There you will find the Automatic Upload function. Turn it On.

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If you want to upload a file to the pCloud application, choose Add → Upload File → Upload Image / Upload Other Files / Import Files / Take a Picture.

If you decide to share a photo from your device, simply select the plus sign to the right of your file and choose the Send Link option. A menu appears, providing you with the available options through which you can share the generated link, like Facebook, email, Skype, etc. depending on the applications you have installed on your mobile device.

As you see, storing and sharing photos using pCloud is a piece of cake on any mobile device. It is all a matter of a few really easy and intuitive moves. Essentially, pCloud will perfectly fit your needs for storing the pictures you make with your phone.

If you are a professional photographer and you upload your photos from your computer, pCloud may also be very suitable for you, because it provides you with enough free space (up to 20 GB) where you can store large collections of professional quality photos. If, however, this is not enough for you, you can always upgrade to a paid version. pCloud offers 100GB, 300GB or 1TB online storage plans for any types of documents and files.

OneDrive as a Secure Space for Your Photos

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Microsoft’s OneDrive – what a nice place for photo maniacs! Formerly known as SkyDrive, now the online storage and backup service is much more flexible and encompasses multiple features and options, providing syncing and storage apps not only for PCs, but also for Mac, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.

The file storage platform has now become much more generous in terms of prices and free space offered, by its 7GB free storage space upon sign up, plus up to 8 GB bonus space, which users can get through its referral scheme.

First of all, to safely store your countless photos to the cloud, simply click the Upload button at the top menu of the web service or place them in the One Drive folder on your computer, created by the desktop application (if installed). Once placed in the OneDrive folder on your computer, you will instantly see your files uploaded to the web. They are now in a safe place where they can be viewed only by users you allow to do so.

Once uploaded to the web, your photos are ready for sharing with your collaborators and friends. Also, OneDrive has widely surpassed its competitors by creating wonderful photo sharing and viewing options. When you open the folder where you have stored your favorite photos, you will get a wonderful pictures preview.

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When you click on a particular file, you get multiple additional features and a lot of information about the file itself.

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You can play a slide show of the pictures in the folder; you can add tags to your pictures; you can tag people in your photos, and you can even embed your photos on your blog or website. To share your favorite photos with other users, click the share option, and you will be sent to a screen, where you need to enter the email addresses of the recipients of the files and add a message, explaining the content you are sending.

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Below the message box you can set recipient rights, such as Edit, View Only or Public. Also, you can set if the user needs to have a Microsoft account or not in order to receive and use your files.

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On this screen, the Invite People tab is open by default. If you click on the Get a Link tab, you will be provided with the following additional options.

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You can share the generated link on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Weibo, or you can simply copy it to the clipboard and send it using an instant messenger.

Generally, OneDrive is a great service when we talk about storing and viewing photos. Ideal for photographers and photo lovers. Especially considering the recently decreased prices, we definitely think this is one of the best cloud services for photo storage on the market.

Mega For Your Photos

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50GB of free storage space! True. The New Zealand online storage company is the probably most generous cloud platform on the market. It also provides paid plans, but who needs them when you get 50GB for free?

The service offers a cloud-based file storage space for your documents and files, which can be accessed through almost any device connected to the internet. On mobile, it is not supported by iPad, otherwise, it works on any phone or tablet. The web platform and the mobile applications are very simple and easy to use.

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Unlike similar cloud services, Mega supports unlimited size of the files you upload. This way it ensures large file transfer at reasonable upload and download speeds. This is very good news for professional photographers, since their high quality pictures or processed photos usually become very large in size and are sometimes hard to store.

If you decide to download the mobile application on iPhone, keep in mind that it is not one of the first choices in the Apple Store search for “Mega”. You need to dig a little deeper in the search to find the app. Despite the generous free quota it provides, those who want to use it for online photo storage may not like the fact that the platform does not support previews on the main screen. In order to view a file, you need to open it in the app.

The Mega mobile application supports the function PhotoSync, which it prompts you to use when you install the app on your device. When you turn this option On, the system automatically uploads and synchronizes the photos you store on your iPhone and creates a dedicated PhotoSync folder on the app.

To upload a photo manually, open the folder where you want it to be stored. Select the three dots options menu, located at the top right section of the screen. The upload option is the first one. When you select it, the system asks you to choose where to upload from – whether you want to use the camera to take a picture or video, or you want to choose and existing file from your pictures gallery.

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If you need to share a photo with other users or friends, select a file and slide to the left on it. A Delete option appears to the right of the file. To the left of the Delete option you get a > sign. When you tap on this sign, you get additional options menu.

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Choose the share option and create a link which you can send to other users and provide them with access to the digital belongings you store in the cloud.

If you are an Android user, the main screen (top right) provides you with the options to Search, Upload, Reload and Create New Folder.

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To upload a photo to your Mega account, open the folder you want to upload the file in and choose the second option on the screen. If prompts you to select the type of file you need to upload or choose a different type of file from the File System.

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What is uncool about the Android application is that you can upload one file at a time. If you need to upload a large number of photos, you’d better upload an entire folder. Otherwise it may take a lot of time and efforts to upload manually multiple files one by one. The same goes for downloading files. If you decide to manually download them, you can only do that one by one. If you place the files you need to download in a folder, you can zip the folder and download it all at once.

To share a photo you have uploaded to your Mega account, tap on a file and hold it for a while. A check box appears to the left of the file. To share this file or multiple files, place check marks at the check boxes and select the chain symbol at the top right section of the application screen. The system shows a screen with the options available for sending the link – though mail, a messaging program or else.

Despite some of the flaws of the platform, it is suitable for storing large files and collections of photos, because it provides a very large free storage space. The prices it offers make Mega the cheapest cloud storage service on the market.

How Copy Helps You Keep Your Photos Safe

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Copy is an advanced online storage service that helps you store, synchronize and backup to cloud the important documents and files residing on your computer or mobile device. When you register an account, you automatically get 15GB storage space for free. The platform also offers a nice referral scheme, through which both the referrer and the referred earn 5 GB bonus free space, which is one of the best free cloud plans such a service provides.

If you often take photos with your mobile device and you need to store and backup them, Copy is a suitable service for you. On mobile, the platform works with iPhone, iPad, and Android. As for the Android app, it works with 2.3.3 version or higher. The service provides enough free storage space for you to place your valuable photos, regardless of their size. The service is good for storing high-quality professional photos, as well as the pics you make with your phone camera.

The online cloud storage platform is actually one of the best for storing photos, since it provides great photo preview options, unlike many other similar cloud services.

As for the Apple users, the application is very intuitive and easy to use. It provides already created folders to distinguish your various file types, such as documents, photos, audio, videos, etc.

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When you open a folder, a Plus sign appears at the bottom left part of the screen, providing you with the options to upload or capture a photo with your camera. Using this, you can easily upload pictures to your application and arrange them in the existing folders or by creating new ones.

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In order to share a photo with other users, simply press on the file and open it. A preview screen opens to the right of the screen, providing the following options at the top (from left to right): Info, Download, Favorite and Share.

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After choosing the Share option, you can set the application to share it either Publicly (accessible with anyone having the URL) or Privately (requires email verification).

If you are an Android user, download the application from Google Play and install it on your device. On the main screen of your application you get the following basic options on the right top side of your screen – Upload, Search, Synchronize and Arrange. To upload a photo from your device, select the first option from left to right.

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To share a photo with your friends and colleagues, simply press on a file and you will get additional options, appearing at the top of your screen – Download, Share and Delete. Select the second option.

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After performing this step you are given the opportunity to select how to share the file – through email, Facebook, or a messaging application, depending on the installed programs on your Android device.

If you decide to upload the professional camera photos that you store on your computer, I advise you to install the desktop application. It creates a folder for you, where you can easily store and synchronize any file types. Simply place a file in the Copy folder on your computer, and it will be automatically uploaded to your web account.