Scarlett Johansson has spoken out about breach of privacy for the first time since explicit pictures were leaked on the internet of the actress, earlier this month. The actress discussed the issue in an interview with CNN, nearly two weeks since nude self-portraits of the 26-year-old, who has never appeared fully nude in her movies, emerged online. The Lost in Translation star said that when one’s personal privacy is violated, it feels immoral.

Since the scandal first emerged, Johansson admitted that she took the naked photographs of herself, which were leaked online after someone hacked into her phone.

She reportedly called the FBI in to investigate how the private photographs were hacked from her mobile phone and threatened legal action against anyone who publishes them.

Johansson became the latest victim of the phone-hacking ring thought to be responsible for stealing naked photos and videos from at least 50 female Hollywood celebrities.

‘The FBI is investigating a person or group responsible for a series of cyber intrusions of high-profile figures,’ FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.
‘This would include many devices – could mean a computer, desktop, laptop, iPad, cell phone… intrusions into personal online accounts too.’
Other stars reportedly targeted include actresses Jessica Alba, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus, as well as singer Christina Aguilera.

Johansson was named earlier this year as one of 50 victims who had their mobile phones or emails compromised by a hacking gang.

What a lot of people don’t seem to understand or perhaps they do understand but don’t act accordingly is that a mobile phone is actually just a miniature computer with the same amount of data storage as your PC or laptop and is equally at threat of being hacked. Take the same measure as you would with your PC or laptop and you’ll go a long way to keeping your private matters private.

Here are a few tips to help you keep what’s private remain private:

• Don’t store your credit card, bank account or pin codes in a non secure ‘notes’ type app.
• If you must store this type of information on your phone then use a secure password or pin protected app. Possibly disguise them as telephone numbers or other numerical data.
• If you must use public wi-fi then try to limit use to non secure activity. Unless absolutely essential don’t log into mobile banking, private intranets etc.
• Password protect your phone. A four digit pin has 10,000 permutations and will go a log way to keeping your data safe.
• If you’re not using Bluetooth then switch it off. Hackers could access you phone via the wireless connection that it creates.
• Consider subscribing to a service whereby if your phone is lost or stolen you can locate it and either lock it and/or wipe it clean

There isn’t really any need for anyone’s private information to be made public. In the same way as we have locks and alarms on our vehicle and properties, we should also have alarm and locks on devices that contain our private data.