by Charlotte L. Hanna CMO/Director of PMR/CMBS Global
By now, many have heard about the horrific hacking of Mat Honan’s online world. How his digital life was wiped out in the span of an hour is both frightening and enlightening. What his story means to us is sobering, a personal assault to the online world we live in.
As the online market continues to grow, Mr. Honan’s experience is a gruesome reminder that senseless acts of violence can happen to those who least deserve it. Your online presence, as an entrepreneur, is as inviting to those who enjoy committing crimes against others as any physical storefront can be. Worse yet, you are exposed to those who seek to ruin the lives of others just for the fun of it on a much grander scale than if you simply owned a shop on Main Street somewhere.
Here are just a few suggestions made by Mat Honan:
- Back up your files.
- Read Security Policies carefully, before accepting.
- Choose Passwords carefully.
- Use two-factor authentication when an option. (Mr. Honan admits this could have saved him)
Fortunately, for us, Mat Honan shared his story – just about every detail – so that we might learn from it. By sharing his story – procedures and security measures were changed and heightened by the companies involved – also to our benefit.
Unfortunately, evil will always be with us in this world and in the online world that many of us live in. Measure each action that you take online. Build your business online – but include security measures that will help to keep thieves at bay and protect your merchandise.