By Yako and Krystal

September 3, 2014, 9:50 am

 

What's on Your Smartphone

What’s on Your Smartphone?

Yes, the private photos of dozens of female celebrities that were posted on 4chan.org this past weekend were obtained from Apple’s iCloud. Has anyone seen any of these pictures? Out of curiosity, I tried to go to the website, but I guess everyone is curious and their servers are overloaded.

According to Apple, they are not to blame, since the relatively weak passwords were guessed by the hackers in question. However, the pictures were probably retrieved through Find My iPhone. This app allowed you to incorrectly enter your password an unlimited number of times, so hackers with the appropriate software can easily try out the entire dictionary to guess your password in no time.

After the damage was done, Apple has corrected this weakness and now only 20 attempts are possible before your Find My iPhone account gets blocked. Question is now, what other apps and smartphone operating systems have similar security flaws, not just for iPhone, but for other brands as well? We’ll find out with the next security hack.

My uninteresting photo stream

My uninteresting photo stream

So, what’s on your smart phone? It cracks me up whenever someone wants to show you a picture on their phone of whatever they had for dinner last night, or something else insignificant, and you try and grab to hold the phone yourself. “Oh, let me see that picture.” The panic in their eyes, the awkward pulling back of the phone before you even saw the picture they wanted you to see. “I’m just playing.” Yeah right, I know what’s going on.

Tip #1: text your pictures

Tip #1: text your pictures

Five tips to help you out here:

  1. Post pictures that you want others to see on Facebook or simply send them via text. It’s better that way, because most people will not be interested in your pictures anyways and they can choose to ignore them.
  2. Post pictures that you do not want others to see on a random website (not your Facebook account) and then deny it’s you. It works for celebrities.
  3. Admit that you have incriminating pictures on your phone. Everyone wants to see those and the pleasure of denying your friends the satisfaction of seeing them will be empowering.
  4. Choose a password that anyone can guess. Once everyone has seen your pictures, you have nothing to hide and the truth will set you free.
  5. Don’t take pictures.

Now, if these tips don’t help, I do not know what to do.

Yako


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About The Author

Yako: Born on a farm in The Netherlands, Europe, I was always on quest for adventure. As a small boy, I was already interested in learning about other cultures and pretended I was fluent in American (I later learned that Americans speak English). At the age of 23, I traveled to South Africa where I lived for seven months to finalize my thesis for my master's in Business Administration. After that, I worked for eight years for a bank in Amsterdam, but I became restless and decided to quit my job and make the big leap across the ocean to New York. Studying arts and culture management at Pratt Institute helped me eradicate some of the prejudices I had of Americans. I never thought I would stay this long. But now eight years later, I'm still here. I live in Central Brooklyn and work for Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation with great satisfaction. So far, my life feels as if I’m on one big adventure. | Krystal: As a native of Michigan, I moved to New York with a limited perspective of the depth and importance of social differences. Having a passion for creativity, I accepted the various ideas behind expression and equality that poured out from this beautiful, diverse place called Brooklyn. After graduating from Pratt Institute in 2006 with a degree in Communications Design and barely surviving the effects of forced independence, I started an open relationship with the nonprofit world and began to willingly become my own person. Since then, I have been employed and freelance as a graphic designer, with tons of exposure to the things that fascinated me as a child. Living in two culturally different environments has granted me a faceted understanding of social norms and injustices that I feel compelled to speak on. Though visual art and design have been my concentrations since grade school, writing and sharing thoughts socially has been my core calling. In keeping my promise to my parents, I have finally decided to write for social impact. Standing up for my truth while seeking and discovering the truths of others is the way in which I've chosen to take that on. So far, I've discovered that the most direct route to societal improvements begins with the coupling of self-awareness and humility.

Yako: Born on a farm in The Netherlands, Europe, I was always on quest for adventure. As a small boy, I was already interested in learning about other cultures and pretended I was fluent in American (I later learned that Americans speak English). At the age of 23, I traveled to South Africa where I lived for seven months to finalize my thesis for my master's in Business Administration. After that, I worked for eight years for a bank in Amsterdam, but I became restless and decided to quit my job and make the big leap across the ocean to New York. Studying arts and culture management at Pratt Institute helped me eradicate some of the prejudices I had of Americans. I never thought I would stay this long. But now eight years later, I'm still here. I live in Central Brooklyn and work for Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation with great satisfaction. So far, my life feels as if I’m on one big adventure. | Krystal: As a native of Michigan, I moved to New York with a limited perspective of the depth and importance of social differences. Having a passion for creativity, I accepted the various ideas behind expression and equality that poured out from this beautiful, diverse place called Brooklyn. After graduating from Pratt Institute in 2006 with a degree in Communications Design and barely surviving the effects of forced independence, I started an open relationship with the nonprofit world and began to willingly become my own person. Since then, I have been employed and freelance as a graphic designer, with tons of exposure to the things that fascinated me as a child. Living in two culturally different environments has granted me a faceted understanding of social norms and injustices that I feel compelled to speak on. Though visual art and design have been my concentrations since grade school, writing and sharing thoughts socially has been my core calling. In keeping my promise to my parents, I have finally decided to write for social impact. Standing up for my truth while seeking and discovering the truths of others is the way in which I've chosen to take that on. So far, I've discovered that the most direct route to societal improvements begins with the coupling of self-awareness and humility.

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