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What Really Happened In Mat Honan’s Password Saga?

Yesterday I posted about the importance of strong passwords and, though I stand by the position today, additional information has come to light about Mat Honan’s, the writer I referenced in that story, tale of woe.  According to a report in Forbes today by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, entitled “Apple Allowed Hackers Access to User’s iCloud Account” , the deed may not have been as challenging as it appeared on the surface.

It was assumed, when first reported yesterday, that hackers had to do some real work to crack the writer’s password and Mat took partial responsibility for not having changed his password in a while.  However, further investigation on Mat’s part has revealed that the suspects apparently were able to trick that password out of duped Apple employee’s.

I know many baby boomer’s have a basic mistrust of cloud services and how that affects their data storage decisions.  This report will make those decisions no easier, to say the least.  On the other hand, the decision to not avail themselves of cloud services may be a much easier one to make in the near future.  In the past, I have tried to alleviate, to some extent, the concerns posed by many boomer’s regarding the safety of their data in iCloud and similar systems.  With this report, it is hard to justify that cautious, but favorable, position.

In the end, it is up to every individual to determine what’s best for controlling their personal information and account access.  Will this incident portend future stringent security measures?  Probably.  Should it have taken such an occurrence for that to happen?  No.

We all become frustrated at the bank and with phone personnel who put us through the third degree when we attempt to attain account information, even if they know us, but let this be a lesson on the importance of such scrutiny.  In the future, maybe we will all be a little more patient when these security measures are implemented while accessing our various accounts.

Have a great day!


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