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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.

Infinite Storage for your Photos in Bitcasa’s Infinite Drive

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Bitcasa is one of our favorite cloud storage platforms on the market. What we most like about it is its so called Infinite Drive. Unlike others, it does not simply create a folder on your computer system, but it establishes an external drive for your multiple files and folders. The only difference from your internal drives is that the Bitcasa virtual drive does not take space on your computer. As they call it, this is your external hard drive in the cloud. This file storage system allows you to drag and drop files and folders just like any external hard drive. The documents you’ve placed on this virtual drive won’t take space on your computer and will be accessible from any other devices you use. This is especially helpful when you store media, such as photos. You can easily back them up from your mobile, directly in the cloud. You can also simply drag and drop them in your desktop drive and have no worries about their safety.

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When installed, the Bitcasa application appears as an icon in your tray bar, and also, as an external drive on your system. This way you can easily reach it and use it.

Also, the price/quota ratio of Bitcasa is very good. You can get up to 20 GB for free and up to unlimited storage space for just 99$ per month. Even in its free version, you can store a large collection of photos. There are no limits to the file size when you upload your images. 

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You can choose between using Bitcasa on your computer, on your mobile device or on the web. Or on all of them! The platform gives you the opportunity to share files and folders instantly with other users. One way of doing it is by right-clicking on a file, located in your Bitcasa virtual drive. The Send this to a friend option appears. When you click on it you can easily generate a link to share with other users. Alternatively, you can select the Send option on the website after you have marked the file(s) you plan to send. A link is automatically generated and you can send it via email or share it on Facebook, Twitter or an instant messenger.

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The Bitcasa platform provides secure cloud storage by ensuring end-to-end encryption for your files. This way you are the only one who can see your files. You can safely backup all your media and access it via Windows, Mac and Linux, as well as any mobile device. You can access your files even offline.

Shortly, what is most specific about Bitcasa is that it helps you save valuable space on your non-virtual drives. The cloud storage system automatically backups your files even on mobile. You just need to download and install the Bitcasa application for iPad, iPhone or Android.

How are Photo Lovers Welcome at Amazon Cloud

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Amazon Cloud Drive is Amazon’s native online cloud storage platform, which provides its users with a diverse service in exchange for a reasonable price. For those who are used to Amazon’s other services, the online storage platform will come handy. For example, Amazon’s audio player is mostly used for playing audios, purchased from Amazon music store, and so on. However, you don’t necessarily need to use Amazon’s other services. You may simply choose the free version of its cloud service, giving you 5 GB of data storage space upon registration. It is not much, but you can at least store your phone photo collections.

Mobile applications are available for Android and iOS. To use Amazon Cloud Drive to backup your photos from your mobile, turn the Auto-Save function On. In this state, the app will automatically protect all the photos on your device in the cloud. Alternatively, you can selectively store your photos in the cloud when the Auto-Save function is turned Off.

To store your valuable photos through the web, open the Amazon Cloud web application, open the Pictures folder and click the + Add Files button on top right, and then select the photos you would like to upload.

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Once uploaded, you can perform various actions with your photos in the cloud, such as Move, Copy, Rename, Share, Download, etc. To do so, simply mark a file in your folder and click on the option menus on top. To view a photo, click on the file name and it will open in another screen.

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When you open a photo in your Amazon viewer, you can start a slide show, containing the other pictures from the same folder. Also, using the arrows, you can view other photos, which are given in thumbnail view in the bottom part of the viewer.

To share a photo, open the Pictures folder, mark one (or more) photo(s), click on the More Actions button and choose Share (the bottom option). The following screen will appear, containing a link that you need to use for sharing.

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Unfortunately, the Amazon Cloud Drive does not provide any file sharing settings. You cannot set particular rights to users. Everyone who owns the link can download and use your photos, no restrictions.

A pleasing feature that Amazon provides is the Photo and Video Preview, located at the very top left side of the web platform, right next to the All Files section. It is called “Photos & Videos”. When you click on it, you can view a gallery of your videos and photos, stored on the platform. However, not all file formats are supported for preview.

Shortly, Amazon offers a number of media services, grouped in a cloud storage system, which, for those, willing to pay a particular sum, may be a very comfortable way of creating and storing large collections of photos and other media.