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Best way to protect yourself from hackers, scammers and snoops

Best way to protect yourself from hackers, scammers and snoops
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It's scary when you realize the only thing protecting your sensitive online accounts and information from hackers and snoops is one password. Sure, you can make a strong, unbreakable password.

Passwords can be so hard to remember unless you use a powerful and safe password manager and form filler.

Maybe hackers get your password from a data breach at a major company. No matter how it happens, the bottom line is that you really need more security for your sensitive accounts. Fortunately, many accounts have extra security available, if you know where to look.

I'm talking about two-factor authentication, also called two-step verification. Don't let the fancy name throw you, it just means that to log in to your account you need two ways to prove you are who you say you are. It's like the bank or DMV asking for two forms of ID.

The idea is that a hacker is going to have a much harder time getting both forms of ID, and it's true. Most major services and companies, such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple, offer two-factor authentication now, and I'm going to tell you what you'll need to make it work and how to turn it on for your accounts.

Next page: What you need to make this system work
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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