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5 ways to keep your data safe right now

5 ways to keep your data safe right now http://wp.me/p4wskC-pfP via @TEDTalks #TEDTalks #data #protection #digitalworld #encryption #blog

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There seems to be a new data breach in the news every week — a major company hacked, millions of usernames, passwords or credit card numbers stolen. There isn’t much that you, as an individual, can do to stop hackers from stealing the data you entrust to companies. However, there are some easy things you can do to significantly reduce the harm from such breaches.

  1. Outsource your passwords to a robot
    The human brain can only remember so many passwords, not to mention we’re actually really bad at picking good ones. So, too often we just reuse passwords across multiple sites. This is a Very Bad Idea. Once hackers break into a website and steal a database of email addresses and passwords, they can then try to use those same passwords to login to other sites. This is a huge problem, because so many of us use the same password for our…

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