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Article mat_honan_epic_hack

Published on March 25th, 2013 | by Dan Walsh

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The Epic Hacking of Mat Honan

As someone who prides myself on tricky, hyper-secure passwords, this completely destroyed my sense of online safety. Passwords don’t matter!

I should have been regularly backing up my MacBook. Because I wasn’t doing that, if all the photos from the first year and a half of my daughter’s life are ultimately lost, I will have only myself to blame. I shouldn’t have daisy-chained two such vital accounts — my Google and my iCloud account — together. I shouldn’t have used the same e-mail prefix across multiple accounts — mhonan@gmail.com, mhonan@me.com, and mhonan@wired.com. And I should have had a recovery address that’s only used for recovery without being tied to core services.

I highly recommend that everyone read this article and take steps to secure their online accounts and obfuscate as much of their personal information as possible. Use two-factor authentication whenever possible, especially for GMail and Apple, and consider obscuring your phone number and billing address with a free Google voice number and PO Box, respectively. And for the love of god, backup your computer on a regular basis.

Read: How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking, by Mat Honan

Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired

Illustration: Ross Patton/Wird

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