Several day ago, hundreds of celebrities’ private photos were leaked online which were hacked from icloud backup service. The nude photos leaked cause people asked is icloud safe?
The iCloud service was designed to back up and coordinate data and content between iTunes, contacts, calendars, etc., and as unfortunate celebrities including Upton and Lawrence found out, it also stores photos and videos — even if you’ve deleted photos from your phone. So delete photos from iCloud is a multi-step process across all of your Apple devices and the cloud itself.
How to turn off iCloud backup
From the home screen of your iPhone, select “Settings” and scroll down to “iCloud.” Here you can select items you may or may not want iCloud to back up online, including “Mail,” “Contacts” and “Photos.” Select OFF for anything you don’t want to be saved in icloud. (Free up iCloud storage space)
To turn off iCloud on the iPhone completely, scroll to the bottom of the same screen and select “Storage & Backup”.At the bottom of the screen under the header “Backup,” switch “iCloud Backup” to OFF by tapping the switch to display a white indicator to the left (if the switch is green and the indicator is to the right, iCloud Backup is turned on).
Next, you have to delete the photos from your “Photo Stream,” where the iPhone automatically saves a copy in addition to the “Camera Roll.” Photos will stay in “Photo Stream” even after you delete them from the “Camera Roll” and be uploaded to iPhoto next time you connect the device to its home computer.
In the “Photos” app, select “Albums” and “My Photo Stream,” which should appear underneath “Camera Roll” if enabled. Delete accordingly. The stream will save your most-recent 1,000 photos for 30 days otherwise.(How to use Photo Stream)
Afterward, on your Mac computer, go to iPhoto and delete unwanted photos.
Finally, go to “System Preferences” on your Mac and select “iCloud.” Sign in with the Apple username and ID you use to download music, apps, etc., and uncheck any of the icons that appear in the row on the right to control the content you don’t want iCloud to store.
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