I’m going to take those questions one at a time, but I also want to point out that they actually reflect a very common misconception when it comes to backups.
It’s a well-known fact that deleting things on your computer usually doesn’t really completely destroy them. So there is definitely some risk in the scenarios that you describe.
Let’s look at each of them.
Keeping anything critically important in only a free email account like Hotmail is unfortunately a recipe for disaster.
I want to go over how you might have been better prepared for this. I’ll touch on what you might do to get your email back (but to be honest, I’m not very hopeful) and I’ll talk about the service that you let access your machine.
Nope, it’s not practical and to be blunt, it’s downright dangerous.
Let me explain why that is and what I recommend you do instead.
My opinion is that this is another case of everybody getting all excited about one very specific issue.
The problem here is really much, much larger and a lot less newsworthy than getting everyone excited about their webcam. It’s essentially sensationalistic journalism.
You can cover your lens if you want to, but that really, really misses the point.
The questioner here goes on to ask some very specific questions that I’ll get to in a moment. These are really good questions, and I’m sorry to say that they’re all completely unanswerable in a very general sense.
But I do want to take them one at a time, and explain a little why you’ll be hearing me say “maybe” a lot.