Protect your data from online hackers
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Almost everyone uses some form of digital technology, such as cell phones, computers and the Internet. While these devices make it easier to shop, work and keep up with friends and family, they put your personal information at risk of being stolen by hackers.
The Federal Trade Commission offers these tips to keep your personal data safe:
- Set your cell phone screen to lock automatically when you aren’t using it. Create a password to unlock it, preferably one that is at least six digits long. Use an app that helps you find your phone if it is lost or stolen. If your phone is stolen, the app will allow you to remotely lock the phone or erase your data.
- Keep your cell phone and computer software updated. Updates often contain security patches to thwart hackers.
- Use strong passwords for all your online accounts. Where available, use multi-factor or two-step authentication, which sends you a special code by text or email to enter to access your account.
- Be careful with wireless networks. Secure any home wireless network and router to prevent unauthorized users. ● Learn safe practices for using public wireless computer networks. If a public Wi-Fi doesn’t require a password, it probably isn’t secure.
- Be alert to scammers using email or text messages to trick you into giving out your passwords, account numbers or other personal information.
To see more Federal Trade Commission tips on how to keep your online information secure, visit consumer.ftc.gov/topics/online-security.
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