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August 12, 2012

Slate: 4 steps to avoid getting hacked

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Honan also didn't have two-factor authentication enabled on his Google account. If he had, the hacker would not have been able to get into his Gmail after compromising his Apple account. The hacker would have still been able to issue the forgotten password request to Gmail, but he'd have lacked the authentication code generated by Honan's smartphone.

2) Seriously, sign up to a backup service. Do it now. What are you waiting for?

This one is easy: You should be backing everything up. There's a good chance you're not. Maybe you think doing so is difficult or expensive. Maybe you think nothing will happen to you. Maybe you're just putting it off until your next free weekend.

But the perfect time to do it is now. Despite what you've heard, backing up is easy and cheap. Years ago, after testing out a few cloud backup services, I recommended that people use Mozy. Since then, I've switched to a service called CrashPlan — the cheapest, easiest way to back up all your data.

Here's how to do it. Go to CrashPlan. Download the software. Choose the stuff on your computer you want to back up — your documents, photos, videos, music, etc. Then, let the program run. Over the next few days, depending on how much data you have and the speed of your broadband line, your data will first be encrypted and then sent over to CrashPlan's servers, where it will be secured far better than you can secure it.

For all this, CrashPlan's rates (after your 30-day free trial) are really great: You'll pay as little as $1.50 a month for storing 10 GB of data from one computer, $3 a month for unlimited data from one computer, and $6 a month for unlimited data from up to 10 computers (in other words, for protecting all the devices in your house).

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