Snap a picture, swipe a credit card, and cross your fingers.  This week’s headlines don’t inspire much confidence about the security of our personal information stored online.  Over the weekend,  hundreds of nude photos of celebrities turned up on the web.  Initially, people blamed Apple’s iCloud file storage network, but Apple denies any breach of its security systems, claiming hackers targeted certain stars and obtained the photos by essentially guessing their personal passwords. It’s a different story over at Home Depot where hackers appear to have exploited a vulnerability in the company’s security wall, and are now selling stolen credit and debit card information on the black market. Both incidents raise serious questions about the security of our personal data– and our expectation of privacy.


Jeff Flowers is the Co-founder and CEO of Storiant, a Boston-based cloud data storage company. 

Scott Kearnan is a freelance Arts and Entertainment writer