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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friday13 Everyone has at least heard that Friday the 13th is unlucky, but most people don’t even know why. The unlucky association with this day dates back to hundreds of years ago from a superstition that if 13 people sit together at a table, the first one to get up is bound to die within a year. This superstition is generally thought to have originated from the Last Supper, Where Jesus and his 12 disciples sat down together at the table and within the year Jesus died.

Even before this, cultures all around the world such as Native Americans, Mayans,  and Ancient Egyptians, considered the number 13 unlucky. Another religious connotation, people couple bad luck with Friday the 13th because Jesus was killed on a Friday. In fact, most of the public executions that took place were on a Friday. And for the people with extreme fear of Friday the 13th (paraskevidekatriaphobics), this year is especially unlucky with 3 Friday the 13th dates (one in February, March, and November).

Now if you really are a paraskevidekatriaphobics, or just a bit superstitious, there are a few simple precautions you can take to minimize your bad luck. First, is paying close attention to your surroundings and the people around you. Being aware is the first step towards staying safe. Or you may want to take the high tech route and choose some security products to enhance your well being. For example, many people turn to GPS trackers with panic buttons to ensure safety and send alerts if they get into a bind. Or maybe you need a hidden camera to monitor your things. High tech or low tech, this Friday the 13th you may want to take some extra precautions and maybe pick up a few lucky pennies just in case.

(Via BSUDailyNews)

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