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Understand the risks of connecting to the cloud

Understand the risks of connecting to the cloud

It is important to understand the risks of backing up your phone to the cloud.

Today's smart phone are connected to the cloud. Iphones are connected to iCloud, Androids are connected to Google and Microsoft Windows phones have a Microsoft live.com account.

Using a cloud service either the one your phone connects to or other services like Dropbox, or photo back-up services means your information is sitting on a computer than can be accessed via the Internet. 

These services are an easy and great way to back up your data and photos but it also has risks.

If you can access it via the Internet than potentially so can your abuser. If someone has your username and password or hacks your account they will also be able to see your information.

Victim's of abuser are more likely to have their online accounts compromised. If your abuser is your ex-partner you are even more risk because they often know or can guess your passwords.

So, think very carefully if you want your mobile or information to be accessed via the Internet. If you don't want to have information automatically backed up in your cloud account then you need to deselect options such as data backup when you set up your device for the first time.

How to minimise data in cloud

It’s safer not to store information in your cloud account if you are worried about someone else accessing your account online. The better thing to do is store everything locally on your phone – either on the internal storage or a memory card if your phone has a card slot.

With an SD card inserted, open Storage Sense from the Apps list. Here you can select what is stored on the memory card. You can install apps on the card by selecting 'Store new apps on my' and choosing 'SD card'. You can also choose whether to store new music, videos, podcasts, photos and download on your phone or SD card here.

For step by step advice see our safety guides


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