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Baby Photos and Online Security

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Mat Honan's digital life was destroyed within the space of one hour as hackers were able to gain access to his GMail, Twitter, Amazon, and AppleID accounts. From there they remotely erased his iPhone, iPad, and MacBook — trashing years of emails, documents, and ALL of the photos and videos of his baby daughter.

How they accomplished this was a masterful manipulation of companies, their employees, and the data that different sites store about us. Through a combination of scavenging for bits of personal info and social engineering, the hackers were able to completely take over Mat's digital existence.

Find out how they did it and what you can do to avoid the same fate!

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Baby Photos and Online Security

  1. BabyPhotos!
  2. BabyPhotos!(and online security)
  3. Bradley Batt @bradbatt brad.meOctober 5th, 2012 Spark Plaza
  4. "In the space of one hour, myentire digital life was destroyed... — Mat Honan
  5. "In the space of one hour, myentire digital life was destroyed... First my Google account was taken over, then deleted... — Mat Honan
  6. "In the space of one hour, myentire digital life was destroyed... First my Google account was taken over, then deleted... Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to broadcast racist and homophobic messages... — Mat Honan
  7. "In the space of one hour, myentire digital life was destroyed... First my Google account was taken over, then deleted... Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to broadcast racist and homophobic messages... And worst of all, my AppleID account was broken into, and my hackers used it to remotely erase all of the data on my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook." — Mat Honan @mat
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  9. @mat
  10. Google showed recovery email:m***n@me.com
  11. Dec 2009 — 32 million
  12. Dec 2009 — 32 million 420K ??? 8.2MJune / July 2012
  13. Dec 2009 — 32 million 420K ??? 8.2MJune / July 2012 453K 6.5M 1.5M
  14. 1 2 3 4 5?Thats amazing. Ive got the same combination on my luggage.
  15. "Two-factor authentication is one of the best things you can do to makesure your accounts don’t get hacked." — Lifehacker Australia
  16. Best Security Practices Strong passwords / Two-factor Unique emails for accounts brad+nytimes@gmail.com or brad+news@gmail.com brad+paypal@gmail.com or brad+money@gmail.com Use good “security questions” Secure websites (https://)
  17. “Security Questions”The best answers are non-sensical!Pet’s name? Spaghetti
  18. Look for the Lock!
  19. $1,690
  20. brad.me/2factor Bradley Batt @bradbatt brad.me

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