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Tech Tips: Guide to protecting Internet accounts

Posted on December 9, 2013
Tech Tips: Guide to protecting Internet accounts

In this Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, file photo, a computer screen shows a password attack in progress at the Norwich University computer security training program in Northfield, Vt. Security experts said Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, that passwords for more than 2 million Facebook, Google and other accounts have been compromised and circulated online, just the latest example of breaches affecting leading Internet services. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
Security experts say passwords for more than 2 million Facebook, Google and other accounts have been compromised and circulated online, just the latest example of breaches involving leading Internet companies.

Some services including Twitter have responded by disabling the affected passwords. But there are several things you can do to minimize further threats —even if your account isn’t among the 2 million that were compromised.

Here are some tips to help you secure your online accounts:

— ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER:

When a malicious hacker gets a password to one account, it’s often a stepping stone to a more serious breach, especially because many people use the same passwords on multiple accounts. So if someone breaks into your Facebook account, that person might try the same password on your banking or Amazon account. Suddenly, it’s not just about fake messages being posted to your social media accounts. It’s about your hard-earned money.

Read more at: Phys.org

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