How to Protect Yourself on the Internet

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Have you ever realized how many hackers there are on the Internet trolling for your confidential information? There have been 6.4 million user passwords stolen from the LinkedIn website and 250,000 Twitter accounts hacked per abcnews.com.

I don’t want my personal data stolen, so the first thing I would do is to install some sort of antivirus program on my computer, tablet and smartphone. This will help guard against attacks.

Secondly, use different passwords for every account. It is easier to keep track of one password, but when you have multiple accounts, hackers will try the known password on these accounts.

Thirdly, what is a password if it isn’t strong? By strong, I mean hard to guess. It is a good practice to use a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. I also would change your password every six months.

Lastly, watch what information you are transmitting over a public WIFI network like Starbucks and Panera Bread. You never know who is around the corner stealing your precious information!