Moving little bits of text from place to place can be one of the most frustrating parts of using a computer. Getting short lines of text from point A to point B can sometimes take longer than you estimate. That's why I'm sure you have, at some point, copied and pasted this information into some sort of text document as a middle man.
Well, I'm here to tell you that if you quickly copy and paste your personal information so you don't have to remember a complex username or password, then your personal data might be at risk. Mac users that use TextEdit, Preview, Pages, Numbers or Keynote to write out notes to themselves automatically upload their data to the cloud unless they actually save the file.
Sound a little confusing? Here's an example of how this security flaw might let the wrong people at your personal information:
You sign up for a website that emails you a password. The password is a drawn-out string of letters and numbers, and you'd rather not remember each character because you're going to be changing the password as soon as you log in anyway.
You copy the username/password combination into a Pages folder without saving it because you're only going to use this password once. At this point, the Pages file automatically uploads the data to iCloud, which is vulnerable to hacker attack.
There's one easy way to shut this down quickly.
Here's how to turn this feature off:
First, click the settings button. Now click the iCloud icon, log in with your Apple ID and disable automatic uploading for unsaved files in the Documents & Data section.
While Apple may be proud of its newfangled file encryption system, security vulnerabilities like this mean that almost any Apple user's iCloud could be a lot more vulnerable than they suspect. As we saw with the disastrous celebrity iCloud hack, cloud storage isn't as secure as we may have once thought.
And that's not the only thing that Apple might secretly save. The company also secretly saves your search and location data. Find out more about how it works by clicking here.