Four quick thoughts on the Ashley Madison hack:
1. Should you post anything on the internet that you wouldn’t want to see on the front page of the New York Times? “No” used to be standard advice, but that isn’t practical any more. I do online banking, but that doesn’t mean I want my financial information all over the internet. Nor my credit card information, which is stored with various online retailers who shall remain nameless but I wrote about one of my favorites last week. It’s unrealistic to expect people to go “all-analog” at this point in our technological development.
2. That having been said, a credit card can be cancelled, and a bank account can be closed and reopened elsewhere. But once your spouse or significant other finds out you’ve been cheating, there isn’t a whole lot you can do to remedy that except grovel and beg for mercy. (Or claim you were hacked. Yeah, that’s the ticket.)
3. If an employer were to call for advice about an employee who was “exposed” in the hack, would I recommend termination? Not unless the employee is in a position in which Continue Reading