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Tadd Wood

The Best Ways to Secure Your Personal Data

A few weeks ago the entire tech world was up in arms over an unfortunate breach of digital security for Wired blogger Mat Honan.

An explanation directly from Honan himself: “In the space of one hour, my entire 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.”

This and the recent hacking of Yahoo passwords got me thinking about how many have brought old-school security techniques to a brand new tech party where the scope and magnitude of our computing habits have a much tighter link to our real lives.  So I did some research about the best ways to secure your personal data.  It is also very pertinent to the work we do at Contemporary Analysis.

There’s little you can do about a service you use getting compromised, but there are things you can do to minimize the risk of people taking over your accounts or stealing your personal data if it does happen.

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