Keeping your online accounts safe from hackers

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SAN DIEGO - It's being dubbed one of the biggest hacking scandals of its kind.

Nude photos of about 100 celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence and Mila Kunis, were leaked Sunday on the online bulletin website, 4chan. It's believed a hacker was able to access the pictures by hacking into the celebrities' iCloud accounts.

"We now  have the ability to keep 10,000 photographs in iCloud and it's wonderful. But we have to balance that with the notion that somebody could access those photographs," legal analyst, Jonathan Brenner, said.

Tech expert, Rich DeMuro, said it's important to create difficult passwords for your online accounts.

"[The hackers] could've done something specific as breaking into their account by trying a lot of different passwords. Depending how simple your password is, you can break that pretty quickly," DeMuro explained.

As a back up, DeMuro explained the two step verification process which makes it difficult for hackers to access your accounts on unrecognized devices.

"It actually texts a special code to your smartphone that only you're carrying and it says you have to put in this code before we're going to let you access this account," DeMuro said.

Brenner said, once your passwords are set, folks should think twice before taking photos on their electronic devices that are intended for private eyes.

"Don't do silly things. Don't take selfies that you don't want people to see... If an individual can hack into the National Security Administration, or the FBI and CIA websites, don't we think that they are sophisticated enough to hack into our phones?" Brenner said.

Apple announced it was actively investigating the security breach. Norton Virus is also warning of fake nude celebrity links on social media sites like Twitter. Clicking on those links may infect your devices with a virus.