by Jonathan Rothwell

[LINK] Mat Honan got hacked

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Apple’s security practices against social engineering have to improve.
  3. 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.)