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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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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Gawker readers are technologically savvy, as the popular blog and its’ many Web sites deal primarily with innovation and the Internet. But the recent security breach has shown that even though the users are aware that

they should be keeping secure passwords, most users still use very easy-to-guess log-in information.

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iphone-enter-passcodeEven if your phone is protected with a passcode, experts found a security glitch on the iPhone

4 operating system 4.1 that lets a snoop access your call records, voicemail, look through the phonebook, and even make calls without the any knowledge of the passcode.

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facebook-login-300x230According to Verisign’s iDefense, Kirllos, a hacker from Russia is selling Facebook login information for either $25 or $45 per 1,000 acounts (less if the accounts have less than 10 friends). So far he phished around 1.5 million users for their logins and is selling them on the antichat.ru forums.

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How To Protect Your Identity Online

Some of my past passwords have included Fluffy (my dog’s name), Red (my favorite color), and if I’m feeling really tricky, my birthday.

-Sigh-

I’ve got news for you people. Anyone can guess these passwords! Especially professional hackers that want to steal your identity, your money, and your life.

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