Your Guide to Online Privacy
Try Two-Factor Authentication: “Factor” No. 1 is your normal password. No. 2 is a one-time code that’s texted to you. All major internet-based services—e.g.,Google (google.com/landing/2step), Twitter (support.twitter.com), and Facebook (facebook.com/help)—offer this feature. It’s the most basic step you can take to protect yourself.
The importance of two-factor authentication got Silicon Valley’s attention when journalist Mat Honan, who didn’t use the technology, was hacked in 2012 and wrote about the experience. Honan’s attackers posted racist and homophobic messages from his Twitter account, took over his Gmail, and commandeered his iCloud account, deleting everything from his Apple devices.