Some of you may have read Matt Honan's sad tale of the massive data loss he experienced after hackers targeted his Twitter account which linked to his personal website and gmail account and wiped out everything they could access from there. Honan had unfortunately daisy-chained several accounts together (Amazon, Apple, twitter, etc.) in a way that created a security gap.
One step Honan could have taken to limit his exposure would be to activate google's two-step verification. This form of verification requires a user to have access not only to his username and password, but also to a cellphone or land line to receive a confirmation code. For more information on how to set-up two-step authentication, check out Google's blog here.
Ashley Hallene specializes in Oil and Gas Law, Title Examination, and Oil and Gas Leasing in Houston, Texas. Ashley received her J. D. from University of Houston Law Center in 2009. She is the Editor of Technology and Product Reviews for the ABA GP|Solo eReport. Ashley has published articles on legal technology in the TechnoLawyer Newsletter and GP|Solo Magazine.