re: 8 Ways To Avoid Getting Your Life Hacked
I really hate to say it, but welcome to the new reality.
I feel bad for Mat - losing control of those devices and accounts, much less losing the data on them, can make for a really, REALLY bad day.
Don't trust cloud providers? That's exactly why I've built my own infrastructure as part of my recording studio. File server, industrial strength firewall, backup procedures... all things that I've learned and mastered from roughly 20 years in the business.
The fake personal data thing, I've heard that before - but, you have to have a good memory when using things like that, otherwise a lost password that requires a reset turns into even more of an ordeal.
Backups? Yes, that's why I still run DDS-4, thank you. :) Sure, maybe I can't restore my music collection from halfway around the world (I'd like to try, if a plane ticket fell into my lap), but I know that my data is safe.
Account security is always a good thing to look at, consider, and reconsider. If you want to use randomly generated passwords and keep them all in a safe "electronic lockbox", there are a number of generators available on the Internet - even downloadable ones if you don't care to have your passwords transmitted via a web application.
Remote laptop wipe - I'm somewhat on the fence with this one. A lot of it depends on whether or not you are encrypting your hard drive (which I recommend). I like the idea of being able to nuke a device (laptop, tablet, mobile phone) remotely if it ever falls out of my posession.
I think the big take-away here, for everyone reading the article - don't just read, act on it. Learn from these events, lest it happen to you as well.