I still can’t get into Gmail. My phone and iPads are down (but are restoring). Apple tells me that the remote wipe is likely irrecoverable without serious forensics. Because I’m a jerk who doesn’t back up data, I’ve lost at more than a year’s worth of photos, emails, documents, and more. And, really, who knows what else.
There are three morals to this story.
- Backups are important! Seriously. Storage is cheap. There is no excuse, in 2012, for a PC user not to be doing regular backups of their data.
- Apple’s security practices against social engineering have to improve.
- Your primary email account should be an account with two-stage authentication, with a very strong password.
(Also, don’t look at the comments section on that article. It’s a torrent of script-kiddie butthurt.)