5 tips to keep your passwords safe

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In the wake of another high-profile privacy breach — this time the intimate photos of dozens of female celebrities — it may be tempting to throw one’s hands up and give up on digital life altogether, but the truth is we live much of our lives online and through our technological devices. Rather than crawl into a cave, however, most people can safeguard their personal information by following some best practices.

Of course, there are never any guarantees with online security but here are five easy steps everyone can take to keep themselves safe(r) online.

1. Choose a good password

If you’re sick of hearing about this, that’s because not enough people have followed the advice despite some 20 years of constant reminders not to choose « password » as your password. In fact, the world’s five most common password in 2013 were 123456, password, 12345678, qwerty and abc123

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