Last week we told you a story about a man who had his accounts hacked and lost everything. We also gave you a few tips on how to protect yourself.
A few days after the story broke about Mat Honan’s hacking, tech sites everywhere picked the story up. Luckily it got the attention of Amazon and Apple, whose support teams didn’t follow company protocols allowing Honan to be hacked. Thankfully, both Amazon and Apple have taken measures to stop future attackers from using the same or similar methods that were used against Honan. Hopefully more security measures will come from this.
In the mean time, we’ve outlined some ways to further protect your personal and corporate content.
As we mentioned in last week’s blog, we strongly suggest any Gmail user to set up and use Google’s 2-step authentication login process. It takes less than 5 minutes to set up, and anyone trying to get into your Google account with only your password will be stopped dead in their tracks. It may seem a little inconvenient at times, but the security it gives you is immeasurable.
If you’re a gadget geek like most of us at LyntonWeb are, you probably have an iPhone or Android phone.
The first thing you should do is turn on the passcode so your phone is locked and needs a pin or password to be unlocked and used.
If you are a powerful businessperson you probably have a lot of powerful contacts in your address book, or confidential emails on your phone. If anyone can just swipe to unlock, they have access to all of that information, and could well exploit it before you can remote wipe your phone if it is truly lost or stolen.
What about less sensitive, but equally precious information such as your photos?
Well, for iPhone users you have iCloud backup of your contacts, photos, and mail (just make sure it’s a secure password so you don’t end up like Honan). Android users can also back up information to their Google account.
Syncing your phone to your computer also ensures you have a local backup and a cloud backup.
But there are other things you can do as well. Dropbox offers a service that will automatically back up your photos to your Dropbox folder. Google+ offers a similar service through their Android and iPhone apps.
What about all the work you do to maintain your Twitter account? Whether it’s a personal account or business account you no doubt spend hours every day cultivating it. What if one day, Twitter goes away? The same thought should be there for other social sites like Instagram, Tumblr, Blogger, etc.
What if one day that account disappears? Or is hacked and everything is deleted? There is a great service called IFTTT (If This Than That, pronounced Ifft, rhymes with lift).
IFTTT gives you the ability to do many things, including making a backup of your tweets, Instagram photos and so much more. You can set up IFTTT so your Tweets are sent to a note in Evernote, a text file in Dropbox, or have tweets placed on your Google calendar. You can also use IFTTT to send your new Instagram photos to a Dropbox folder and use Instarchive to download all of your existing photos.
There are endless security loops you can set up to protect yourself, but you should also take time to make sure that your social life is secure and backed up as well.