With Celebrity Photo Hacking on Rise, Keepsafe Privacy and Security Expert Available to Discuss How Technology Can Safeguard Against Hackers

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Privacy and Security Expert Available to Share Perspective on Rise in Celebrity Photo Hacking & Ways to Safeguard Your Phone.

"It's not just celebrities who are at risk for privacy breaches. It's anyone with photos on their phone," noted Zouhair Belkoura, CEO of Keepsafe.

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Who: Zouhair Belkoura, Founder and CEO of Keepsafe

Over the past 24 months, a growing number of celebrities have had their privacy compromised when nude photos were leaked online after their mobile phones were hacked. The latest celebrities to fall victims to a private photo hack are Amanda Seyfried and Emma Watson, while Mischa Barton had a private video stolen and leaked online.

With the rising popularity of selfies and sexting (10-15% of teenagers under 18 sext and 50% of 18-24 year olds), it’s common today for mobile phones to contain a trove of photos and videos intended to be private. Hackers who exploit celebrities’ privacy sell sensitive photos to make money. But celebrities are by no means the only victims of private photo breaches.

Today’s digital culture of selfies, sexting and video has opened the door for unintended consequences. People of all ages may fall victim to having their personal content fall into the wrong hands only to see it posted online or shared with a larger group of acquaintances or strangers.

A January Pew Research survey found that roughly half (49%) of all Americans feel their personal information is less secure than it was five years ago. Thankfully, people now have a growing number of options to safeguard their private content. From photo vaults to locking down mobile apps, consumers are seeking ways to safeguard their personal digital content and valuable information.

Simple Privacy Protection Apps Include:

  • Keepsafe Photo Vault - Available on iOS and Android, this app uses PIN-code protection and military-grade encryption to lock down and back up private photos, videos, and documents. (Also available as a calculator-disguised app on iOS and Android).
  • App Lock by Keepsafe - Available on Android for securing apps (like contacts, messaging, email and social media) with password-protected PIN code or fingerprint authentication on mobile phones.

Zouhair Belkoura is founder and CEO of Keepsafe, a San Francisco-based company, that provides enhanced security to protect people’s personal space. He is available to share additional insights on the following:

  • How a “context + relationship” approach is critical to privacy and can help people make wiser choices on who and when to share photos or videos with
  • Why it’s always wrong to blame the hacking victim for having taken nudes in the first place.
  • What’s to come in future personal exploits
  • How photo hacking can occur and why people should do more to protect themselves and their families

In addition to building a company that supports more than 60 million users, Zouhair has written extensively about safeguarding digital content and is a passionate privacy advocate.

Press Contacts:
To interview Zouhair, please contact:
Carmen Hughes
650.576.6444
Ignite X
carmen(at)ignitepr.com

About Keepsafe
Founded in 2012 and based in San Francisco, CA, Keepsafe is on a mission to protect people’s personal space. Keepsafe makes privacy simple in the digital world. More than 60 million people rely on Keepsafe’s secure vault to protect their private photos, videos and documents. For consumers who want control over their privacy, peace of mind, and the freedom to be themselves, Keepsafe locks down personal items so they stay private. For more information, interested parties can visit Keepsafe at https://www.getkeepsafe.com/.

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