Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, are getting divorced, ending a 25-year marriage that played a role in the creation of an e-commerce company that made Bezos one of the richest people in the world. . (January 10)

Many read with glee the texts supposedly sent between the Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos and the lover Lauren Sanchez.

But what if you were in his shoes and you The texts were made public?

Among the messages published by the National Enquirer, he says that Bezos sent Sanchez: "I want to smell you, I want to breathe, I want to hold you tight … I want to kiss your lips … I love you, I'm in love with you."

According to Page Six, the texts were filtered by a friend of the former television presenter of L.A.

There is no technical way to prevent someone from filtering a text that you share with another person. If the Page Six reports are accurate, this episode is a reminder that anything you share can easily be shared by someone with less than noble intentions.

"Whatever you do and who you talk to can have repercussions," said Juda Engelmayer, president of HeraldPR, a New York public relations firm and crisis management expert. "The only secret is the one that is inside your head, the moment you share it, it has the potential to come out."

That does not mean that there are no digital lessons to learn. Here are some ways you can protect yourself when you send messages in 2019.

SMS texts could leave you exposed

A teenage girl writes a text message on her phone. (Photo: Getty Images)

While it sounds like a plot of a Hollywood movie, and it's very illegal, devices and methods they exist to allow a person to intercept text messages through a cellular network if they are close enough to either party.

iMessage, Signal and WhatsApp can be your friends

In 2019 there are many ways to send messages safely. Apple's iMessage offers end-to-end encryption for all your messages, even if you and the person you're texting with need to have Apple devices. Apple encrypts the messages on each device, which according to the company "does not offer any way to decrypt your data when it is in transit between devices."

Signal application for Android. (Photo: Signal)

There are also a number of free multiplatform messaging applications. Signal and WhatsApp, for example, similarly offer end-to-end encryption for chats and calls made through applications by default, keeping their private conversations regardless of whether they are on Android, iPhone or their respective applications Web.

It is also important to keep in mind that WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, so, depending on the confidence you have in that company, you must guide it to know if you should trust this platform or not.

Another tip: regardless of the messaging application you use, make sure that both you and your phone are updated to the latest versions to ensure they are protected against any new security vulnerabilities.

Protect your backup copies of iCloud and Google Drive

Apple allows you to make a backup of your iMessages in your cloud storage service iCloud and Google allows you to make a backup of Android devices in Google Drive. While this is great to make sure your chats are safe in case you break or change your phone, as we have seen in the past, iCloud accounts can be entered.

In 2014, celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Ariana Grande had nude photos leaked after hackers Access to their user names, passwords and security questions.

If someone has access to your iCloud or Google Drive, they may be able to download a backup of your phone in a new device that allows them to access messages and any other information you have on your phone.

How can you protect yourself? Using passwords and different security questions for different services is a good start. Password managers like 1Password or LastPass can help you remember all the different passwords you have and help you keep track of where you are going.

Making sure that two-factor authentication is enabled for your iCloud or Google account, requiring you to enter a second code when logging in to a new device or browser can also help you. You can activate two factor authentication by following the steps on the Apple site here or on the Google site here.

But perhaps the biggest lesson learned from this saga: make sure you totally trust who you are sending text messages to.

Follow USA TODAY reporters Eli Blumenthal and Mike Snider on Twitter: @eliblumenthal Y @MikeSnider.

Read or share this story: