Recent events have once again put cloud security in the news.
While the full facts are still yet to be determined, initial indications, at least from Apple, are that user accounts were compromised, not by direct hacking, but by false representation – that is, users received what they thought was a legitimate e-mail to reset their password, or some such thing, and unwittingly gave hackers their user information.
Scams like this are not unique to the cloud – phone scams seeking similar malicious ends have been around for decades; heck, there were probably telegraph scams back in the day.
But there are a few things you can do to protect yourself and your data – Violet Blue had some good suggestions – and some are pretty simple; being careful of who has your passwords (and not trusting random e-mails) is one good (and easy) step in the right direction.
Bad people will always try to take what doesn’t belong to them. But there are steps you can take to minimize your risk.