When you talk about hacking, you’ve got to remember there are all kinds. When a Russian crime ring amassed a billion stolen passwords earlier this year, it was an example of the kind of hacking that poses a real threat. There’s a whole other kind of hacking, though, which is what we saw recently when a bunch of celebrities had private pictures leaked online. This is essentially cyber bullying, where hackers are all trying to one-up each other and prove they’re the big kid on the playground. While I don’t believe that any of the people who leaked these photos have the power to hack into Apple, the leak reminds us about a few things. It reminds us how important it is to use strong passwords, to make sure you completely trust everyone who may have access to your accounts and, most importantly – if you take a picture of yourself that you don’t want the whole world to see, guess what? The whole world will see that picture. Don’t take the picture. It’s that simple.
About Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.