Tuesday, January 13, 2015

What to do if Hacked.

There are numerous precautions that you can take in order to protect yourself from hackers. One of the easiest and most simple ways is to create strong, unique passwords for every one of your accounts. Yet most people don’t.

While it’s tempting to use something like your child’s name and birthday because it’s easier to remember, creating a password with a random mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and characters will be harder to crack.

!!!!!!!!  Never use the same password for all accounts. !!!!!!!!!!

Two-factor authentication isn’t impervious to attacks, but it does add an extra layer of protection. Many popular Web services, including Gmail, Microsoft, Apple, Twitter, Facebook and Dropbox offer two-factor authentication, so take the extra few minutes to turn it on.

Be suspicious of emails asking for personal information. A lot of hackers use a method called “phishing” that aims to gather sensitive data from you by sending an email that looks like it’s from a legitimate entity like your bank or credit card company. Some signs of a scam might be requests for immediate action, spelling and grammar mistakes, and suspicious links. Do not respond to these. Instead, call up the institution that supposedly sent the email and confirm if it’s legit or alert them to the issue.

If you have been hacked, the first thing you should do is reset your passwords. We recommend starting with your email account, followed by your financial and other critical accounts. This is because password resets for all your other accounts are typically sent to your email.

A few Social Site links to help get your account back.






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