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BBC 6 minute English-Cloud of suspicion

BBC 6 minute English-Cloud of suspicion

BBC 6 minute English-Cloud of suspicion


Transcript of the podcast

NB: This is not a word – for – word transcript

Rob: Hello I’m Rob. Welcome to 6 Minute English. I’m joined today by Finn

Finn: Hello

Rob: Now, Finn, could you give us a smile, please

Finn: Oh, OK, hang on

Rob: Say cheese

Finn: Oh, are you going to take a picture of me with that smartphone? Hang on; just let me comb my hair a bit

Rob: Finn, Finn, Finn, you look fine. Don’t worry about it

Finn: This isn’t quite right. I just want to… have you got a mirror

Rob: No I haven’t. Just hold it there, OK? Hold it there (he takes a picture). Nice

Finn: OK, let’s have a look

Rob: Right. I’m gonna save that now… OK, that’s it: it’s gone to the cloud

Finn: Really

Rob: Yes. we’ll be able to look at that later on my laptop

Finn: Ah, the cloud! You don’t mean the one in the sky, of course

Rob: No

Finn: You mean the huge computers where companies like Apple, Facebook and Google store their users’ pictures, videos and documents. You know, I’m a little suspicious about the cloud. Rob Are you

Finn: Well, I just don’t want lots of people looking at that picture. Mainly because my hair doesn’t look quite right

Rob: You’re so vain. Gosh! It’s too late now. But you look fine so you can share it with the world

Finn: OK

Rob: Think about those poor celebrities who’ve had their nude pictures leaked online

Finn: Leaked – now this refers to pictures that were being kept hidden being made available to the public. They were leaked to the public. Actress Jennifer Lawrence, who starred in the Hunger Games movies, was one as was the singer Rhianna

Rob: This incident has made people discuss the issue of privacy on the internet. Privacy means being free from public attention. And in this programme you’ll hear useful words for giving your opinion on this subject

Finn: Yes. The celebrities were very angry

Rob: They thought they could keep their pictures private because they were in the cloud protected by a password – a word or sequence of numbers that only they knew and which is required for them to gain access to what is stored in their name

Finn: The US federal police – that’s the FBI – have been investigating this to find the hackers involved. Hackers are people who understand a lot about computers and use flaws – or little problems – in the software to gain access to a computer file, or network, illegally

Rob: Today we have passwords for everything. And we have so many devices – like smartphones and laptops and computers – so I’m going to ask you a question about smartphones

Finn: OK. Very good

Rob: According to research, how many people had mobile phones in 2013? Was it

a) 1.4 million people

b) 14 million people

c) 1.4 billion people

Finn: Across the whole world

Rob: Yup

Finn: I think this is got to be: c) 1.4 billion people.

Rob: Well, you’ll get the correct answer at the end of the programme. Right. Let’s talk more about privacy online. People are more and more concerned about it. Listen to the advice internet expert Oliver Crofton gives us. Which word does he use to describe how you have to be when putting things into the cloud

Oliver Crofton, expert on the internet

I think ultimately it’s about being slightly savvy on what you put into the cloud. If you have a private or sensitive photograph, or a contract or some sort of document that has public interest and that people will want to try and get, just think twice about putting it into an environment such as a Cloud, of which you don’t really have any control over

Finn: He says people have to be ‘savvy’ – now, that means well-informed and quite shrewd, you know, thinking carefully about things. He advises us to be very careful before putting documents and pictures onto these websites owned by big corporations

Rob: Yes, because he says we don’t have any control over their computers – you don’t know how secure your documents are

Finn: Yeah, you know Rob, I can see why people are suspicious of these things

Rob: Well, let’s see what the BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones has to say. Rory explains how some cloud companies are offering to make the cloud more secure. Which word does he use to describe this kind of security process and it also means identification of the user

Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC technology correspondent

Many cloud companies now offer an added layer of security called ‘two-factor authentication’, where users have to enter a code sent to their mobile phone as well as a password to get into their accounts

Finn: OK, the word was ‘authentication’ – now, that’s confirmation that someone is who they say they are. And the company actually uses two steps to do this

Rob: Yes. After you try to access your account, they send a code – probably a series of numbers – to your mobile phone, so it’s an extra bit of information that only you know

Finn: We really all should be very careful about how we protect our computers, and our tablets and our smartphones, things like that

Rob: Talking about smartphones, let’s go back to my question

Finn: OK

Rob: I asked you how many people had mobile phones in 2013. Was it: 1.4 million people, 14 million people, or 1.4 billion people

Finn: And I said 1.4 billion – the big one

Rob: And you are correct

Finn: OK

Rob: Yes, by the end of 2013, about 1.4 billion people owned and used smartphones and by the end of 2014 this number will increase by 25% – this is according to the research company eMarketer

Finn: Wow! What a lot of phones, Rob

Rob: Indeed. Well, our time is up so let’s remember some of the words we’ve explained today

Finn: They were

cloud leak privacy password hackers savvy authentication

Rob: That’s it for today. Do log on to bbclearningenglish.com – there’s no password – to find more 6 Minute English. Rob Bye for now

Finn: Bye

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