Apple’s iMessage Security Flaw Exposes Personal Photos and Videos

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Today, news broke that Apple’s iMessage service contains a security flaw exposing users’ photos and videos to hackers. This particular exploit gives hackers access to personal data stored not on a person’s device, but on Apple’s iCloud servers — highlighting the ever-present concern that our mobile Internet-connected devices, of which we have in increasing number, are as vulnerable as they are powerful.

The flaw would allow attackers to access photos and videos stored on Apple’s iCloud servers.

Hackers love cloud services, because the payoff for an exploit can be huge. A single vulnerability can give them access to personal data from millions of people (not to mention private pictures of naked celebrities, as in 2014’s iCloud hack, aka the Fappening).  And though sometimes the bad guys get caught (the man behind the Fappening recently plead guilty to felony charges), usually they don’t, and the damage to victims can’t be undone regardless.

The hacker, 36-year-old Ryan Collins, has signed a plea agreement and agreed to plead guilty to a felony violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act… Collins is expected prison sentence of 18 months, although it could be as long as five years.

So will cases like this act as a deterrent to future exploitation of personal data? Not likely.

Since Apple and Google Photos are default camera roll managers on iOS and Android devices, most of us either think that buying these devices locks us into using a their bundled cloud services, or don’t think twice about other options for managing our private media and data. The path of least resistance is to push all our stuff into the cloud — where it sits, waiting for the next exploit.

So what are some other options? A free app called Mylio is one.

Mylio was built to manage and protect personal media across multiple devices without using a cloud service. It does this through a private peer-to-peer system: all network-connected devices sync directly with each other over WiFi or ethernet. Even if it’s not connected to the Web.

Mylio replicates media across PCs, Macs, iOS, and Android devices over a secure direct data transfer, placing right-sized files on each device based on space available and screen size. It never leaves your own network, solving the problem of accessing, managing, and protecting your media on multiple devices without handing it off to a third party like Apple or Google. (What is a ‘cloud’, anyway, but someone else’s computer, sitting someplace else, managed by someone you don’t know).

And when you think a particular piece of media is ready to be released into the wild — on purpose — Mylio has best-in-class tools to edit and share on Facebook and other social media platforms (including bulk uploading to Flickr), with more features and integrations on the way.

The best feature of the latest release of Mylio: it is FREE for up to 3 devices and up to 5,000 files, forever. Download Mylio today, and experience the peace of mind of keeping your personal files personal.

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