Thoughts on Tech: Can We Really Trust The Security of iCloud??

ICloud_in_Safari_4_on_TigerAs most people have heard, there was a major leak of private photos of celebrities over the holiday weekend. And as we all look for the person or people responsible for the hack, we must look at our own digital lives and think, can we really share private information over the cloud? Is Apple's iCloud secure enough for us to store info and never worry?While we don't know exactly how these photos were leaked, and what hacking method was used to obtain this info, Apple has come out publicly and denied that their iCloud service was the source of the leak. According to Apple's blog, "After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone". In short, it wasn't a flaw in the system, but rather a very targeted on those specific people and accounts.A friend of mine from Fast Company wrote about this issue yesterday, and it really brought me to rethink how I view Apple's cloud technology. A good point that was made is that even though this wasn't necessarily a flaw in the system, it really has not been made easy to ensure your information's security on the cloud. The majority of information is stolen using your Apple ID and password, which can be hacked and used to steal your data. The best way to secure your ID and password is to setup two-factor authentication. This requires you to enter a pin code sent via text message when you log in. Apple has not made this easy to understand at all, and a majority of everyday users have no idea how to set this up. Below is a video from Cult of Mac to show you how to enable this verification process.After these leaks, it's best to take a step back, secure your data, and think twice about what you upload to iCloud.- Kyle (@kyledineen)[youtube]