Mat Honan is a senior reporter at the technology blog Gizmodo. Last weekend, Mat experienced just how easy it is for anyone to be hacked, but not in the way we generally think. Because of lax policies from the technical support at companies he frequented, a hacker was able to seize control of one account of his after another, causing havok for Mat. By the end of it all, his iPhone and Macbook had been remotely wiped, his Twitter account had been seized, and his e-mail would not longer let him in. He writes in Wired:
In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed... Had I been regularly backing up the data on my MacBook, I wouldn’t have had to worry about losing more than a year’s worth of photos, covering the entire lifespan of my daughter, or documents and e-mails that I had stored in no other location.
This kind of incident details how important computer security is and how easily it can slip away from you. There is a detailed video podcast detailing the hack on Security Now, a weekly show on the TWiT network of technology-related shows. Here is that video in its entirity: