I was up half the night having nightmares about stolen identities, Apple and my iPhone. I mean the tossing, turning, waking up with the night terrors, screaming for my long, lost iPhone and the people who stole it via iCloud kind of nightmares. It was like a junior league technology club night of unrest with unsettling movie trailer horror because I don’t know enough about this stuff to have dreams that actually make any sense.
Yesterday was one of those days where I was bombarded with information. First, I read about how Mat Honan had all of his daughter’s baby pictures stolen off of his computer, had his Twitter account taken over, his Gmail account taken over and his iPhone wiped clean. It actually made me cry which is weird because articles from Wired Magazine online don’t usually do that. Usually they just put me into a staring into space kind of I don’t know what they are talking about coma. If you use any of these products or are online at all…YES YOU…than you might want to read this article: How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking. Also, back up your computer. I am getting one of those exterior hard drive things TODAY. Also, be prepared to lose a little sleep over this article. I certainly did.
Yesterday I also read several blog post about people who either just got (or really want) the new iPhone and how they either hate it or love it. Yep, the iPhone was firmly planted in my brain. I also thought I had lost my phone for a while yesterday which sort of put me into a panic because it is my only phone when my husband is not home. When I lose my phone for a while during the day I always get scared that my daughter will choke, cut off a limb or go into random convulsions and I won’t be able to call 911 without driving to the neighbor’s house first. Yes, I sometimes live in a constant state of paranoia, but bad things happen sometimes. I know this from first hand experiences. Maybe we need a landline after all, even if it is just for peace of mind. At least a landline would prevent me from exercising my imagination with unlikely scenarios, maybe.
The thing is iPhone has some app that can track your phone for you if you lose it which kept showing up in my dreams last night too. Usually this would occur right before I would wake up in a cold sweat so I remember the frustration and anxiety I felt, in my dream, over not having installed this app on my phone. I kept dreaming that I lost my iPhone at the playground and so all night long I was searching slides, and benches, and grassy areas for my phone, but I just kept finding other people’s phones that looked like mine. Those hackers used Mat Honan’s phone finder app to find his phone and wipe it clean through iCloud so now I am not so sure I want to do that either. I was up half the night trapped in a technological iPhone Bermuda triangle of sorts. This is where the solutions seem to just make things worse and I don’t really know what to do with myself except fidget and check my Gmail account every 30 seconds to make sure it hasn’t been hacked to pieces yet. It’s unlikely I will be hacked. I am small fry potatoes in the Internet world, but still, people do some insane things just for fun…especially on the Internet.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I didn’t sleep well last night because I was worrying. I was worrying about stuff that maybe you should worry about too. Mat Honan is a senior writer at Wired.com so he knows what he is doing and HE got hacked. This isn’t a comforting thing to read. He says he is lucky the hackers didn’t get into his bank account. He says he is heart-broken over losing all of the pictures of his daughter during the first year of her life. This is scary stuff. Make sure you are taking all of the necessary precautions to keep yourself safe online. I know I will be. I’m making some changes today. I hope you do too. I hope you take this as seriously as I am.