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If you are using the Internet, you must read this. Tips to protect your data from hacking. BE SAFE, NOT SORRY!

By now, hopefully you heard about the massive Yahoo data breach affecting half a billion users worldwide. At least 500 million Yahoo accounts was stolen from the company. Yahoo said if it has reason to believe a user’s password has been compromised, its policy is to lock the account until the user resets the password. This is not entirely correct because Yahoo does not know exactly which email addresses and personal information was stolen in this data breach and others that have occurred from 2014 to 2016. Even if you might not have used a Yahoo account for years, security experts say the incident could have far-reaching consequences for users beyond Yahoo’s services.

According to Yahoo, the hack predominantly affects U.S. users, however other Yahoo users in Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong could be affected. All Yahoo users should be vigilant in protecting their information. Along with Yahoo Mail, hackers got information of other Yahoo owned businesses such as Flickr, Tumblr, Yahoo Finance, and Yahoo Fantasy Sports. Here is the account information that Yahoo says may have been compromised: "names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, personal passwords, and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers".

YAHOO IS NOT THE ONLY COMPANY THAT HAS BEEN HACKED. Microsoft, Google, banks, financial accounts, credit card companies, department stores, and other websites where you have given personal information have had data stolen from them. Most companies keep quiet when they are hacked so they don't lose customers. BEWARE: A company is under no obligation to tell you when your personal information has been hacked and stolen.

We recommend taking the following steps to protect your privacy and help prevent fraud:

CHANGE YOUR PASSWORDS across all your online accounts, using a different, hard-to-guess password for each one. Change passwords for sites that contain sensitive information like financial, health or credit card data. Your new password should be long 10-15 characters consisting of nonsensical phrases and add numbers and special characters. Using common information for your password is not secure — such as your birthday, initials, kids’ birthdays, names, etc. Create the strongest passwords for the websites that contain the most sensitive information and do not reuse them anywhere. NEVER use the same password across multiple sites. Using the same password for everything is a REALLY BAD IDEA, because once that password is discovered, a hacker has access to all your accounts, and it is really easy to find where you have accounts. There is software that hackers use to quickly track down all your accounts.

BEWARE OF SUSPICIOUS EMAILS & ATTACHMENTS. If you receive emails from unknown persons DO NOT OPEN, immediately DELETE all suspicious emails. NEVER, NEVER open an attachment from an unknown person, attachments may contain a virus that will infect your computer and may steal personal information stored on your computer hard drive and USB Thumb Drives.

BEWARE OF PHONE CALLS. Watch out for suspicious phone calls that try to trick you into disclosing personal information, based on already having some information about you that may have been extracted from your Yahoo account and other hacked accounts. Hackers sell hacked personal information and 'bad people' sort it and compile records about you.

INSTALL INTERNET SECURITY SOFTWARE. Review your current internet security solution. You need reliable, multi-layered security software in place to protect your computers, devices and data from hacking attempts and phishing scams.

REVIEW YOUR FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS. Review your account statements and banking data weekly to make sure no one is making fraudulent transactions.

Best method: In your Brain - memory.
2nd best method: Write them down on paper, but change passwords frequently. Don't use the words username, password or the account name. Don’t stick passwords to your computer, hide under the keyboard, or on your desk.
3rd best method: Use a password manager. Password managers may not be safe on a shared computer. NEVER use free wifi to access your personal financial records. If you use free wifi to look at your email, Facebook, and other login accounts, be sure to change your passwords when you get home.

NEVER, NEVER store passwords on your computer, in your mobile phone, or in your wallet/purse. Anyplace or in anything that can be stolen. NEVER CHANGE YOUR PASSWORDs ON A SHARED COMPUTER or FREE WIFI.

The Internet isn't a safe place, and it never has been. Don't get paranoid. Hackers have been hacking for years and already know you, however you can keep changing your passwords and security questions to make it harder to get into your personal and financial accounts. Almost every large company is on the alert for hackers, and most are making a very serious effort to protect your private information.

note: VOTE TRUMP to protect the Internet, privacy and security. Hillary and Obama want to give away U.S. control and freedom of the Internet. "We just can't trust the American people to make those types of choices ... Government has to make those choices for people." – Hillary Clinton. You will definitely not like the impact Hillary will have on your personal freedom of the Internet, your Facebook and other social media accounts. BE SAFE, NOT SORRY!

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