This past weekend, the internet shed a collective tear for tech writer Mat Honan as his entire digital identity was eviscerated by hackers for no particular reason (unless you consider the fact that they liked his short Twitter handle, @mat, as a legitimate reason). In the wake of this Epic Hack, nearly every tech blog has offered suggestions on how to secure your online identity; here is a rundown of some of the best advice:

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Sony’s PlayStation Network, which allows more than 75 million gamers worldwide to play interactively with one another, was breached last Wednesday, causing the network to crash completely. This Tuesday, it was revealed that personal information may have been compromised. Today, more information is surfacing to the vast scope and severity of what Sony is describing as a “network intrusion.”

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With all the sensitive information we store on our smartphones already (photos, videos, work documents, etc.) we now have something more unsettling to worry about. Recent research has revealed that a lost iPhone not only puts the above data at risk, but also lets a hacker access all of your usernames and passwords that are stored on the phone.

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An e-mail circulating the Internet claiming to be from shipping giants UPS, FedEx, and DHL, is actually a virus – so don’t open it! This phishing scam looks like its alerting customers or late or undeliverable packages, but in actuality it’s a virus attached to the e-mail. If you receive an e-mail like the one below, make sure you delete it immediately and refrain from opening the attachment.

(Via Snopes)

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