Leslie Jones is known for her humorous roles on Saturday Night Live, but this week, she’s not laughing.
Hackers accessed her personal accounts, gaining access to sensitive information, including explicit photos.
Homeland Security is now involved in the investigation.
What happened to Jones could happen to anyone who uses a smartphone and stores private info on their phones.
One cyber security expert said that without proper defense, your information could be exposed.
“I never do banking or anything that would require to put my personal information on my phone because if you lose it, now your information is out there,” said Lorraine Masud of Fort Myers.
If someone gets ahold of your phone, they could hack it. The cyber security expert said your information in the cloud isn’t untouchable and if a hacker accesses it, they could find out a lot about you.
“They think of this mystical thing up there. They don’t know what it is. You’re just using someone else’s computer; that’s all the cloud is. The cloud is you using CPU and storage on someone else’s computer,” said Greg Scasny with Cybersecurity Defense Solutions.
If you don’t guard the data stored on your smartphone, then you leave your private information exposed.
But of course, you could go old school.
“I have a flip top, and it serves me well,” said Ruth Ann Yeomans of Fort Myers.
“I only use it for emergencies and things that are absolutely pertinent. I am not a cellphone player.”
If you do own a smartphone, Scasny recommends going over and beyond to protect yourself.
“If you don’t have good password practices, or if you have passwords that were breeched somewhere, or if you’re not changing your passwords or things like that, then people can potentially access your stuff.”
Scasny suggests setting up lengthy passwords and downloading password managers to store them.