How to Protect Your Information Online from Hackers

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It's a crazy world out there when it comes to information theft. Hackers don’t care if you are a nice person. Hackers don't even care if you have a "small blog" when they want to take over your space. If you offer them the opportunity to be inside of your precious virtual world, they won’t hesitate and they will leave a serious mess behind. I spent hours fixing my email account and Facebook account after being hacked, and sadly I lost some friends along the way. At the end of my giant headache, I promised to myself it not only won’t happen again, but that I'd pass my hard-won lessons along. So here some useful tips that I use everyday. There is no 100% anti-hacker system, but these tips will at least allow you to feel a little more in control of your information, blog, and accounts.

FREE WIFI


Free Wifi


Image: Ken Hawkins via Flickr

Alas, it's sad but true: don’t use that convenient free public wifi if you can help it. Hackers can steal your Facebook and email passwords using a simple FireFox plugin, and they're always coming up with new ways to hack into computers on the same wifi network. In public places, it’s safer to use your own computer or phone and utilize your data plan. You can also purchase an inexpensive wifi card wherever you get your cell phone service, and many of those cards work with your data plan.

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