Honan hacked!

Over the weekend, Mat Honan--a former Macworld staffer and now a senior writer for Wired--made headlines after falling victim to an alarming series of hacks that ended up with his Twitter, Amazon, iCloud, and Gmail accounts compromised, and his iPad, iPhone, and MacBook completely wiped. In this episode, Honan joins me and senior editor Dan Moren to talk about the hack, how it worked, and what changes the companies involved--and we as users--need to make to stay safe.

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Here's Honan's own story for Wired about how the hack happened, step by step. Moren and I wrote a piece about security in the iCloud age.

Here's a link to the mentioned story on how to configure Google's two-step authentication.

Wired reported Tuesday that Amazon no longer lets callers add credit cards to their accounts over the phone if they're armed only with the email address linked to the Amazon account. On Wednesday, Apple told Macworld that it too is changing its policies for providing password resets over the phone.

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