Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his spouse, MacKenzie, are divorcing, ending a 25-year marriage that performed a job within the creation of an e-commerce firm that made Bezos one of many world’s wealthiest individuals. (Jan. 10)

Many learn with salacious glee the texts supposedly despatched between Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and paramour Lauren Sanchez.

However what in case you have been in his footwear and your texts have been made public?

Among the many messages the National Enquirer published that it says Bezos despatched to Sanchez: “I wish to odor you, I wish to breathe you in. I wish to maintain you tight.… I wish to kiss your lips…. I like you. I’m in love with you.”

In response to Page Six, the texts have been leaked by a buddy of the previous L.A. TV anchor . 

There is not any technical method to cease somebody from leaking a textual content that you just share with one other individual. If Web page Six’s reporting is a correct, this episode is a reminder that something you share can simply be reshared by somebody with lower than noble intentions. 

“Something you do and anybody you communicate to can have repercussions,” mentioned Juda Engelmayer, president of HeraldPR, a New York public relations agency and a disaster administration knowledgeable. “The one secret is the one inside your head. The minute you share it, it has the potential to get out.”

That is to not say there aren’t digital classes to be realized. Listed below are some methods you’ll be able to defend your self when messaging in 2019. 

SMS texts might depart you uncovered 

Whereas it seems like a Hollywood film plot – and could be very a lot unlawful – units and strategies do exist to permit an individual to intercept textual content messages over a mobile community in the event that they’re shut sufficient to both occasion.

iMessage, Sign and WhatsApp will be your folks

In 2019 there are many methods to message securely. Apple’s iMessage provides end-to-end encryption on all of its messages, although you and the individual you are texting with each have to have Apple units. Apple encrypts the messages on every system, which the corporate says offers “no method for us to decrypt your knowledge when it’s in transit between units.”

There are also quite a few free, cross-platform messaging apps. Sign and WhatsApp, for instance, equally supply end-to-end encryption for chats and calls made by the apps by default, conserving your conversations non-public no matter if they’re on Android, iPhone or by their respective internet apps.

Its additionally essential to notice that WhatsApp is owned by Fb, so relying on how a lot religion you have got in that firm ought to information you on whether or not or not you must belief this platform. 

One different tip: Whatever the messaging app you employ, ensure that it and your telephone are up to date to the most recent variations to make sure they continue to be protected towards any new safety vulnerabilities. 

Defend your iCloud and Google Drive backups

Apple permits you to backup your iMessages to its iCloud cloud storage service and Google permits you to backup Android units to Google Drive. Whereas that is nice for ensuring your chats are secure within the occasion you break or change telephones, as we have seen previously iCloud accounts will be damaged into.

In 2014, celebrities together with Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Ariana Grande had  nude photographs leaked after hackers gained access to their usernames, passwords and safety questions.  

If somebody has entry to your iCloud or Google Drive it’s doable they may obtain a backup of their telephone onto a brand new system which might give them entry to the messages and some other info you have got in your telephone. 

How are you going to defend your self? Use totally different passwords and safety questions for various providers is a powerful begin. Password managers equivalent to 1Password or LastPass may also help you keep in mind all the assorted passwords you have got and make it easier to preserve monitor of what goes the place.

Ensuring two-factor authentication is turned on on your iCloud or Google account, requiring you to enter a second code when signing in on a brand new system or browser may assist. You possibly can activate two-factor authentication by following the steps on Apple’s web site here or Google’s web site here.

However maybe the most important lesson realized from this saga: Ensure you completely belief whomever you’re texting.

Comply with USA TODAY reporters Eli Blumenthal and Mike Snider on Twitter: @eliblumenthal@MikeSnider.

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