Most of us are on Facebook or Twitter, which are sometimes hit by hackers.
Dave Hatter stopped by the FOX19 Morning News, bringing with him a few tips to protect yourself from online hackers.
Phishing threat and how to avoid it (See links below for detail)
Be wary of any
link, regardless of the sender, if it requires a login or sensitive information
such as password, SSN, bank account number, etc. Contact the person or
organization that sent it to confirm that it's legitimate
Always use strong
passwords. Strong passwords are comprised of at least 8 numbers, symbols and mixed-case
characters (e.g. IL0v3F0x19!). More characters are always better. (See links
below for more detail)
Ensure that each
social media platform you use has a unique, strong password
Create and use
separate, unique e-mail addresses for each platform
for messages and/or postings with misspellings and typos, multiple fonts, oddly
placed accents, outrageous headlines, urge immediate action, or that make
Be wary of messages
or postings that claim to have file attachments, especially if they claim to
have sensitive information such as a password.
links: Hover over a link with your mouse then look at the status bar at the
very bottom left side of your browser window to ensure that the link actually
points the place shown in the email.
have any doubt whatsoever, contact the organization that appears to have sent
the message or posting
For more information, Hatter provides us with a couple of links for additional reading: