Well, it's here. Apple fans have been waiting for it since the announcment and now the iCloud is here. Just update your iTunes and OS and you're all set. But in the release of the iCloud, Apple and its users (like yours truly) will have something else to worry about — the security of our data in the cloud.
I was one of those burned when the big PSN hacking incident happened. I had to change my credit card info. And now there's been another fiasco concerning Sony's cloud security. I don't know if my account was one of those compromised. Now, do I also have to worry about my Apple account as well? Here's a great article on this issue.
"For Apple fans juggling iPads, iPhones and Macbooks, Apple's iCloud, which launched Wednesday, offers the chance to simplify their digital lives by linking email, calendars, music and photos from multiple devices.
But while iCloud promises convenience, experts say it raises potential security and privacy concerns inherent in storing data in the cloud: If one account is hacked or one device is stolen, others could be compromised because they are linked in the cloud. And cloud providers control that information, which they could hand over to marketers or law enforcement.
Users of cloud storage "have to be comfortable with someone else holding all your data," said Jamz Yaneza, a threat research manager with the security firm Trend Micro.
An Apple spokeswoman said Apple has taken several measures to secure information stored on iCloud, including encrypting data while it is transported over the Internet and while it is stored on Apple's servers.
In recent months, the risks associated with cloud computing have gained attention. In June, Dropbox, which provides online storage, admitted that a security glitch allowed people to log into any Dropbox account for several hours by typing in any password. In April, Amazon.com's cloud service failed, bringing down the websites of numerous businesses.
Read more here on Huffington Post.
As of now, i'm still not worried about my info. I'm not really sure why I trust Apple so much. So, like any Apple fan out there, my mantra, when dealing with anything Apple is: