CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Imagine everything digital in your life is wiped out.
That includes your phone, your computer, your tablet, every email address, social network profile. For a minute, you may fantasize and say "that could be fun!" but then you realize there would be nothing funny about losing all that access because someone is in all of your devices and accounts.
It really does happen, and most of you probably didn't know that even techies and security experts worry about this happening to them. This case was a tragic case and unprecedented but our cyber security expert, Theresa Payton, talks about how this can happen to anyone and some tips to stay a little safer online.
1. LINKING ACCOUNTS: It's convenient but if someone compromises one account, they are into everything
2. PRIVACY SETTINGS AND SECURITY SETTINGS: Look for additional features such as hiding your email address, or secure sign ons that take an extra step
3. BACK UP FILES: Just in case this happens to you, back up your files and not just to the cloud. Consider an external drive.
4. KNOW YOUR OPTIONS: Look up all your favorite accounts NOW before you are hacked to find out who you call or email during an issue; have those on hand in case the worst happens
5. CLOUD AND LOCATOR OPTIONS: They actually got to his devices through the cloud and locator options; just a word of caution when you use those services that they could be used against you!
Detailed account of Mat Honan's hack, click here.
Apple Support click here.
Amazon Support click here.
Google Support click here.