Is iCloud Safe?

Dear Computer Lady,

I was reading about transferring pictures on an IPhone to the ICloud and then to a desktop.

My question is Can ICloud be trusted and is it safe?

I ask this because my wife has pictures on her apple tablet which I would like to transfer to my computer for safe keeping and I was hoping not to use ICLOUD.

Thanks for all you do! Mike

Dear Mike,

You can certainly transfer your photos without using iCloud, you can either email them from the tablet to the home computer, or you can connect your tablet to the computer using the USB charging cable and transfer using iTunes.

To answer your question about iCloud, I did a little bit of research and found that it is as safe as most other cloud storage systems.

iCloud secures your data by encrypting it when it’s sent over the internet. That means that it can’t be intercepted as it is travelling to and from their servers. Once the files are on the iCloud server, they are also stored in an encrypted format.

iCloud uses a minimum of 128-bit AES encryption (the same level of security employed by major financial institutions) and they never provide encryption keys to any third parties.

This means that the security of your data stored on iCloud is up to you. Do you have a strong password, and do you use two-factor authentication.

A strong password must be a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters along with some numbers and symbols. It should never be just one word that can be found in a dictionary because hackers have programs that can try every word in the dictionary on your account until it finds one that works.

Two-factor authentication will ensure that someone else can’t access your account even if they know your password. When you sign into your apple account on a new device, you will also have to enter a six digit number that is sent to your phone (or other device you set up).

So, if you have a strong password and two-factor authentication in place, you can be confident that your photos are safe and secure.

Elizabeth

 

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