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Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton are the latest celeberties to face a hacking scandal. Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton are the latest celeberties to face a hacking scandal.
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A hacking scandal has made celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton quite upset, and even asking for a federal investigation.

Naked photos of the several high profile women were posted online after hackers reportedly accessed Apple's iCloud storage system to steal the personal photos.

Apple is investigating whether its iCloud system was compromised.

The celebrities attorneys call this a blatant breach of privacy.

Steve Shih, a technician with Velosity Electronics said, despite concerns about cloud computing with similar services like Dropbox and Google Drive, the cloud is a convenient place to back up and store your personal information.

But Shih said users should take some extra precautions.
  • Use strong passwords. People using the cloud should avoid using the word "password" or something easy to come up with like a birthday.

  • Avoid phishing websites. Those are sites that may look authentic, but when you type your personal information into them, hackers will use that to get into your accounts.

  • Users should also back up any photos or documents they don't want to lose on something like an external hard drive.

"It's never a bad thing to have too many backups," Shih said. "I personally keep a back up of a back up. Because I've seen many times where a back up failed. So it's nice to have more than one back up and I like to store things in different areas. It's definitely recommended."

Ciara Linzie said she uses iCloud to backup her photos and contacts.

"I use iCloud on my iPhone and also on my iPad and I feel like it's very useful because if I do get a new phone or iPad or I have to restart it everything comes back like all of my pictures and stuff, even contacts they just come back on my phone with no problem," Linzie said.

However, Linzie made it clear, that its just not safe to upload or take any type of photo that she doesn't want the public to see.

"I make sure I take photos of appropriate things, because anyone could take your phone," Linzie said.

Amy O'Kelly said she doesn't have any privacy concerns because she doesn't use the cloud.

Instead, O'Kelly said she backs up her entire phone on her computer.

"I don't depend on the computer as much as a lot of other people do," O'Kelly said. "I'm kind of old school."

The FBI is currently investigating this hacking case.

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