Mat Honan of Gizmodo admits he had an seven-character password he had used for years, but that weakness isn't what led to a villain gaining access to his iCloud account, remote wiping his iOS devices and MacBook, and hijacking his Twitter account. Rather, Honan says the hacker used social engineering to talk Apple customer service into giving up information. That's a disturbing report, and we will update as more information becomes available. follow link
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- ExtraBITS for 6 August 2012 (06 Aug 12)
Gizmodo Writer’s iCloud Account Hacked
Use 15+ characters password, with upper & lower case characters, numbers and special characters. 15 characters password has 41 septillion possible combinations, it will take 325 million years for a computer to crack it
Do not use the same password for all your accounts, I know its hard to remember passwords, but use password app like "1Password, Password Safe...etc"
For security questions; do not use any real dates or names, city...etc
Secure emails: Setup your main email to send or forward a copy of your emails to your phone, to send a email to AT&T phone as text message, the address would be "firstname.lastname@example.org", with that you will get a text message when you get an email, and you can watch for emails when your password or security setting get changed
Bank account & credit cards: most banks today offer text messages notification for "address changes, charges, balance...etc", with that setup you do not have to log on or call the bank to see the activities, thieves knows that most people log on to the account or check once a month to make a payment or look at statement.
Finally: when using the web, regardless what web browser you are using, make sure you log out other sites like "Facebook, gmail, hotmail…etc", doing so will not only prevent sites from tracking you online, also if your computer get hacked while online, your account won't be compromised