I came across this article the other day and it really rattled me. It brought to light two things:
- How extremely interconnected our online presences have become
- How extremely dependent we are on these digital identities
Here are a few tips (in total, 6, I will post one each business day beginning today 10/18) to keep the epic hacking episode that Mat Honan endured from happening to you:
- Use separate (strong) passwords for EVERYTHING. Wondering how to create a strong password? Click here.
- Be wary of “saving account information” in online services, forgo the options for “one-click” or “rapid” purchasing, and never select “remember me” when entering your credentials. These perceived conveniences can be your downfall. These selections make it easy to gain access to your passwords, billing information, address information, and more if your machine is compromised.
- Opt-in to any two-step authentication methods offered. This greatly increases your level of security.
- Be careful which accounts you chain together. If a chained account is compromised, it may be used to gain access to accounts linked to that original account. This is what made the hacking of Mat Honan reach epic proportions.
- When was the last time you reviewed all your privacy setting on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter? While you are reviewing, go through any connected apps and make sure they really need to be connected.
- Always back up your important data to multiple locations. As Mat learned with the loss of his daughter’s pictures, you should never put all of your eggs in one basket.
Follow these tips and stay protected!