I suppose everyone has a love/hate relationship with his electronic devices. In my case, it’s mostly hate though I love search engines. I couldn’t write effectively without one. Facts give a plot its credibility. That said, I approach my computer with trepidation every time I fire it up.
My fears were mirrored in a Wired article by Mat Honan recently. In it, he recounts his efforts to put his electronic life together after a hacker attack, a tale of horror worthy of the novelist, Stephen King. Honan’s personal life was literally chopped up and strewn across the web like pieces of garbage. The perpetrator turned out to be a young man without malice but too much time on his hands.
A large part of Honan’s problem came for an Apple portal. I won’t explain what I don’t understand but below is his list of suggestions on how to protect your computer. To read the complete article go to: wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/08apple-amazon-mau-honan-hacking. Otherwise here’s a summary of what to do.
1. Regularly back up your MacBook or PC.
2. Don’t daisy-chain Google and iCloud accounts together
3. Don’t use the same email prefix across multiple accounts
4. Have a password recovery address that is used only for recovery and not connected to any other account
5. Don’t use a service called “Find my Mac”
If none of this makes sense, as it doesn’t much to me, have a heart-to-heart with someone who understands this stuff. Pulling yourself together after being scattered throughout the web isn’t for sissies.
(Courtesy of www.thestreet.com)