Last night, I came across an article about a tech writer who had a number of his email and social media sites taken over.
Not fun reading. He pointed out the obvious, once more, in his dissection of his experience as it is a window into the worlds of many of us. What really cuaght my eye, being as how he is a well followed entity on the net, is the people who did this didn’t pick him because of who he was, they just picked him because they liked the three letter twitter name. That means we all could end up targets of someone who just likes what they see, and isn’t necessarily after us because we’ve hit the “Big Time.”
Our networks of emails and other accounts are interwoven, often using each other to verify who we are when we log in. in the world of smartphones, that’s often a gMail account.
One of Mat’s comments was he hadn’t enabled his “2-step verification” for his gMail account, which was a prime puzzle piece for the take over of his accounts.
Here’s what you need to do, now:
- Get your smart phone
- Log into your gMail account on your PC (Mac)
- Go to the gear icon in the upper right and select “Settings”
- Select “Accounts and Import” at the top if the page area
- Under “Change Account Settings:” select “”Other Google Account Settings”
- Select “Security” on the left side of the screen
- For “2-Step Verification” click the “edit” button
- Follow the directions to verify a code from your phone, either via the voice call or a text message sending a 6 digit code to be entered.
There are other steps below that. I added the one to provide a code to use to allow Google to ensure my HTC Thunderbolt smartphone is always verified. That was as easy as generating the code, and then trying to access my gMail account on my phone. It first asked for the code on my screen, then it let me in, and I have another layer oc protection for my identity via my phone. If you have other devices as listed, then you need to step through protecting yourself across all your platforms, including is you use Outlook to access gMail accounts on your desktop(s)/laptop(s)