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Lessons — and Questions — from Harrowing Tale of Hacker Hell
By: Christine Geraci
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If you haven't read about Wired writer Mat Honan's devastating hacker experience, you should. Let it be a lesson to everyone. 
 
Long story short, hackers managed to get into Honan's iCloud account, which then gave them access to all of his Apple devices, his laptop, and his Gmail account. They wiped all of it. Every. Last. Bit. Even the photos of Honan's new baby daughter. And then, they hacked his Twitter account, which also gave them access to Gizmodo's Twitter account, since Honan had linked the two way back when. The damage kept spreading like cancer until Honan was able to get things under control with the help of Apple and a number of industry friends. 
 
We're happy Honan was able to get the help he needed. But not everyone has access to that kind of help. 
 
So what do we learn from all of this?
 
First, and foremost, prevention is key. We've talked about this before
 
Second, it's so important to back up your data, even if it's just the stuff you consider most important or sentimental, such as baby pictures.
 
Third, there are resources you can access should any one of your social media accounts get hacked. Here's a great post from Business 2 Community that provides social network-specific links to help if you've been hacked. 
 
A situation like this also raises important questions. True, Honan didn't back up his data and that came back to bite him. But it's a little disturbing how easy it was for these guys to penetrate his iCloud account. 
 
So we have to ask: Would this have happened with Windows-based devices and services? Are Apple devices less secure? 
 
With regard to Apple devices being less secure, some will respond with a resounding yes. Apple only seemed secure in the past because it wasn't as prominent in the marketplace as Windows. But with Apple's dominance in the mobile market, that's changed. Big time. 
 
Others say it depends on what you're willing to live with, particularly with regard to mobile. For instance, Apple and Android both have vulnerabilities, but in different forms. 
 
So what do you think? Is one operating system better than the other when it comes to security? Does it not matter? 


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Christine Geraci is the Social Media/Promotions Specialist at MVP Health Care in Schenectady, NY. Connect with her on Twitter @christinegeraci.
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