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Experts: Stop hackers with strong passwords

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Hundreds of intimate celebrity photos were stolen and leaked on the internet this week, and security experts say that tech vulnerability could affect you as well. Initial reports were that hackers exploited a vulnerability in Apple's iCloud service to obtain the photos, but it's also possible specific accounts were targeted.

Steve Crozier owns SmartTech in Cedar Falls. As a cyber security expert, he said the best thing you can do is keep strong passwords. He said that means at least 12 characters, upper and lower case. It's also wise to include numbers and symbol.

Beyond that, he recommends installing a security app on your smartphone. One example, Lookout, scans your phone for malicious code.

Still, he said the best advice is not to keep sensitive photos or material on an internet-connected device, because a break-in is always an outside possibility.

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