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Archive for August 10th, 2012

Getting hacked often involves social engineering and corporate policy flaws (involved: Apple, Amazon, GMail)

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/08/10

With more and more stuff being linked together in the cloud, getting hacked becomes increasingly more simple.

This time, it involved Amazon, Apple and GMail, some good knowledge on how the system works, and social engineering to sound trustworthy.

The goal was to get access to a 3-letter Twitter account, the collateral was someones digital life.

Lessons to learn from how Mat Homan got hacked:

  • Make local backups often
  • Use two-factor authentication
  • Don’t have all your devices on “wipe from the cloud”
  • Don’t bind your primary accounts together on the clouds
  • Have distinct reset accounts for your primary accounts
  • Make your primary accounts use a distinct name

Applause for Mat for coming forward on this. I know lots of people that wouldn’t.



Posted in GMail, Google, LifeHacker, Power User, SocialMedia | Leave a Comment »

A few nice PDFs on fonts and font designer handwriting

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/08/10

In my early software developer years, I have been into scaleable fonts, PostScript and PDF very much.

Over the years, I kept an eye on that, and recently I found a few nice PDFs about fonts and designer handwriting:


Posted in About, PDF, Personal, Power User, Typography | Leave a Comment »

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