At one time or another, most of us have had nude pictures of ourselves stolen from our cellphones and leaked to the press. Haha. No, not really. Most of us don't have to worry about the public wanting to see us in the buff. That just happens to gorgeous, famous people like Scarlett Johansson. But many of us have had the experience of someone getting into our email, or checking our text messages -- or even spreading our compromising photos or emails. ScarJo has apparently become so paranoid after a hacker stole nude photos of her and leaked them online that she reportedly goes out of her way not to use technology at all anymore. Word has it she even makes her boyfriend, Nate Taylor, contact her through her assistant. No sexting for Nate!
According to reports, ScarJo no longer uses a cellphone or the Internet and fears that "people are constantly spying on her." And given that someone who knows her probably leaked this story to the press, I'd say she has a right to be concerned. Also, let's not forget that when it comes to celebrities, hacking does happen. Ask Rupert Murdoch.
But the rest of us have probably dealt with hacking and spying at one time or another too. One time I left my email open at someone's house, and that person decided to help himself to reading them. And I'm no angel in the spying department, either. In fact, I don't know too many people these days who haven't done a little spy-hacking -- whether into email, text message, or Facebook communications.
Whether you should do this is another post. However, after it happens, it's normal to feel paranoid and like you're constantly being spied on. Only most of us don't have an assistant like ScarJo and don't have the luxury of resorting to human-only communication. So how to get the tech love back?
Here are a few suggestions:
Change passwords. Most of us change our password after a hacking scare, but then forget about it again. It's good common sense to change your password every six months or so. You can also buy a small safe to keep your passwords in, if you're particularly worried.
Change settings. If you use Gmail, you can change your settings so that only one browser at a time can access your email. Also, if more than one IP address is accessing your email, it can alert you. This is one way of keeping track if anyone else is in your email.
Use the phone. If you've got something particularly important -- or cringe-worthy -- to say, it never hurts to do it by phone instead of email.
Careful with your nude photos. If you simply MUST take compromising photos of yourself, then do it the old fashioned way -- get professional photos taken and printed, and hand them off to your sweetie in person. If they're digital photos, delete them from your hard-drive after you print them out. Then give them to your partner over a glass of champagne. (Not much can be done about a sweetie who then scans said photos and emails them around, of course.)
What do you do to safeguard your technology?
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