Back Up Lesson for Wired Journalist and You

Credit Ariel Zambelich/Wired.

Mat Honan, a well known tech journalist has his digital life destroyed in less than one hour when his Google account was taken over, deleted and then his AppleID was broken into. He even agrees that much of what happened was his own fault. That led to the remote wiping of his iPad, iPhone and MacBook. Although the hackers also compromised his Twitter account, he ended up twittering with his hackers to determine how they did it.

You can read about the method used by the hackers and how it took place in the article How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking.

He states “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.

Those security lapses are my fault, and I deeply, deeply regret them.”

Backup your iPad, iPhone and computer…not later – now.

Apple has an article on how to back up your  iOS devices. Read it and protect yourself.

The gist of the backup method is this:

iTunes can create backups of your iOS device when you:

  • Sync with iTunes (disabled if you have iCloud backup turned on)
  • Right-click (or Control-click) the iOS device in iTunes under Devices and choose Back Up

Use these steps to manually back up your iOS device using iTunes:

  1. Connect your iOS device to a computer with the latest version of iTunes installed
  2. Select your iOS device in iTunes under Devices
  3. Right-click (or Control-click) the device and select Back Up

iOS device backups preserve your settings, the Camera Roll (or Saved Pictures), and other important data.

A little time spent doing a backup regularly is better than a complete loss of your digital data.

Backup regularly because you never know when someone will be malevolent or your hardware will simply fail and wipe you out.

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