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(KUTV) Salt Lake City - It seems like everyone gets hacked at one time or another. Fresh Living invited internet safety expert Rob Schroader on Fresh Living to share tips on how to protect yourself from being hacked.
Rob Schroader writes,
"When someone is "hacked", the most common way is by using their legitimate password. This is why your password habits are so important.
Here are some safety tips every internet user should follow when it comes to passwords:
- Don't use common passwords: asdfg, qwerty, 111111, princess, abc123, and 123456 are very common and among the first passwords hackers try.
- Don't use personal identifiers in your password such as special dates, your child's name, favorite song, etc.
- Don't use common words. If it's in the dictionary, hackers can use brute force attacks to try every word in the dictionary to hack you. If your password is a common word, they'll eventually get in.
- Don't use the same password across multiple sites. If your password is hacked, that means they will try the same password on all your other accounts and will be able to gain access.
Another way hackers can get your password is through social engineering. This can range from random calls claiming to be from your bank asking for your password to befriending you online to gain your trust. Websites will never call you and ask for your password. They have safety measures in place that allow you to reset your password securely. It's also a good idea to log off sites when your done. It only takes a second for someone to pick up your phone and change a password on a site you're logged into. If you have a hard time remembering your passwords, it's best to create a tip sheet rather than writing down your actual password. This will allow you to give yourself a hint that only will will understand for each password."
Rob Schroader works for Paraben Consumer Software, which can help protect you and your family. To learn more, go to paraben-consumer.com.
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