We haven’t had much Tom Hardy news lately. I just figured he was working quietly and hopefully not acting like a douchebag. But the lack of Hardy news is also a concerted effort for Tom. In a new interview, Tom details the lengths he goes through to avoid being hacked in various ways. He’s constantly going through burner phones and he has a Hillary Clinton-esque setup for his email. Huh.
Tom Hardy frequently “bins and burns” his phones in a bid to maintain his privacy. The 38-year-old actor – who has son Louis, seven, from a past relationship and a seven-month-old child with wife Charlotte Riley – is so paranoid about being hacked, he regularly splashes out on cheap pre-paid handsets which he then throws away. And Tom also uses private offline servers to safeguard his personal information from prospective hackers.
He told the Evening Standard newspaper: “We get hacked all the time. People go on to messengers and try to set up accounts with profiles. Or try to get into the phone itself, or they get hold of the number and they start fishing about, and my family as well, anyone I’m related to. You just have to bin and burn the phone and start again, we have to go through burners. We’re burning numbers left, right and centre. I’ll burn numbers and then I’ll have private offline servers for my email accounts. It’s quite painful when you think about, we’re quite normal people in that aspect.”
Even the ‘Legend’ star’s family have been targeted by hackers. He said: “My mum and dad don’t need to have their photos of stuff gone through or any of their private messages just because people want to find or piece together something maybe prurient or salacious, and even worse take money from people or move things around.”
The Peaky Blinders star thinks being a target for hackers is “pretty standard” for celebrities and is concerned his “location is easily accessible by a third party” through some apps. He also refuses to use iCloud after a number of high-profile stars had their accounts hacked and personal images leaked in 2014. He said: “I don’t touch iCloud, I’ve been advised not to by security specialists and analysts. I’m not knocking it but I was advised to avoid that and keep my stuff in a certain place, it’s actually a really negative aspect of doing my job.”
I absolutely know that this is the wrong instinct, but my first thought was “Damn, what’s he got to hide? Squirrelly much?” So wrong, I know! Everyone has a right to privacy, and if Tom is going through these lengths, I have to assume that he probably has had some online security issues and that sh-t is no joke. I think it’s far more likely that Hardy is being hacked by people in press, as it was well-documented throughout the hack-gate coverage in Britain that the UK tabloids will literally do anything to get access to celebrity phones. But who knows? Maybe Tom also faces hacking issues beyond the media though, you never know.
Here are some photos of Tom with Prince Harry and Prince William last weekend at the princes’ polo game.
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