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Sunday, September 7th, 2014 | 08:55 pm (UTC) - Reasonable expectation of privacy
You know, a couple years ago when the 'Cloud' became a real thing that companies started to tout and people started to use, I thought, what a STUPID idea to keep all your personal, private information in a centralized location you have NO control over, and use weak passwords to boot. It would be like keeping your entire life savings in a cardboard box in the middle of Time Square, sealed only with duct tape and a note saying 'Keep Out', and expecting it to remain safe.

The very first thing I thought of when people started talking about the Cloud, was that pretty soon some 20 year old Russian hacker was going to take it down. Believe it or not, there are smarter people in the world then the ones who work for Apple or Google.

Now I fully agree that every person has the right to a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as in locker rooms, bathrooms, the privacy of your own home, and also online, IF you take 5 fucking minutes to invent decent passwords to protect yourself. My guess is that Jennifer Lawrence's password was something like Bradley or Xmen, and Kate Upton probably used Swimsuit. I'm not saying these women are stupid by any means...I like them both...but I believe celebrities get lulled into a false sense of security because all the really hard and 'real world' stuff is usually handled by someone else for them. A 260 pound ex military bodyguard cannot secure the Cloud for them.

These women, and anyone else, are free to take whatever pictures they want or post whatever they feel like, as long as they except the consequences. In this day and age people need to realize nothing is truly safe or private. If its something you can't show your mother or father, you probably shouldn't be doing it.

Whats the future of the Cloud now that its been hacked? I don't know, but it will still be a thing. Look at what happened to Target when they got hacked last winter...they still haven't fully recovered or earned all the trust back they lost. I think people will try and be more cautious and design tougher passwords and levels of security, but remember, there are tons of bored, angry, and smart 20 year old Russian kids out there with something to prove to their community, and no company on earth is a match for their ingenuity.

Thank you for reading

Jay Wendt
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