Online Security and Getting Hacked

In the past three weeks I've seen three friends get their online accounts taken over, also called being hacked:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Yahoo

The intention of the hackers is typically one of the following:

  • Impersonate you
  • Direct traffic to their site
  • Scam your friends for money

How can you protect yourself from being hacked?
Mostly it is a matter of choosing a password that is hard to guess. Security experts suggest the following password guidelines:

  • Use a mixture of letters, numbers and special characters (if allowed)
  • For letters use both UPPER case and lower case
  • At least 6 characters, the more characters the more safety you will have

 It's a real hassle to get your identity back after an online account has been hacked.

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