Protect Yourself From Online Hacks

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Websites get hacked often. In July alone, millions of LinkedIn and Yahoo user accounts were put at risk. Last January, 24 million Zappos customers.

So how can you protect yourself from these kinds of attacks? First, make sure your computer’s security updates are current.

“Use an up-to-date heavily patched browser, like Chrome,” Adam O’Donnell, Security Architect with SourceFire suggested, “Make sure to keep your system patched. That way you don’t get compromised when you go surfing the web.”

Perhaps the best way to keep your personal information safe though is to adopt good password habits. You don’t actually have to change your passwords all the time – just pick long, secure ones. Use different passwords for sensitive online accounts – that will make it harder for a hacker to gain access to all of them.

Part of picking a good password involves complexity. Avoid the obvious (like “password” or your name) and make sure to incorporate letters and symbols. If you are hacked, or concerned your account may have been compromised in a security breach like the ones mentioned above, make sure to change your passwords immediately.