Since the dawn of the information age, we’ve bought into the idea that a password, so long as it’s elaborate enough, is an adequate means of protecting all this precious data. But in 2012 that’s a fallacy, a fantasy, an outdated sales pitch. And anyone who still mouths it is a sucker—or someone who takes you for one. No matter how complex, no matter how unique, your passwords can no longer protect you.
After hackers decimated his digital life this summer, taking over his personal accounts and deleting tons of data, Mat Honan started investigating how easy it is to hack into personal data. His findings are chilling. In this article on Wired.com, he details how easy it is to break into accounts online and what you can do to protect your data.