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One simple step to keep hackers from snooping on you

One simple step to keep hackers from snooping on you

It takes a lot of work for hackers to break through your passwords to get your online accounts - or at least it does if you have a strong password in place. Learn how to create a strong, memorable password.

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Instead, they'll get your passwords and other information from data breaches or phishing scams. Or they might just grab the information they want from your Internet connection.

Yes, it's true; hackers can snag information as it travels between your computer and the websites you visit. This is one of the big dangers of using public Wi-Fi. Learn how to use public Wi-Fi safely.

To stop snooping hackers, you need to encrypt your Internet connection to sensitive sites. This means hackers won't be able to read your information.

The way to tell if a site is encrypted is to look in your browser's address bar. Not sure what a browser is? Click here for a refresher.

On sites that don't need encryption, the address will begin with "http://", such as http://www.komando.com. Some browsers drop the "http://" so you'll just see www.komando.com.

When you're on a secure connection, such as when you log in to my store, however, the address will start with "https://" and you'll see a lock icon.

Most major websites now include encryption by default where it's needed. Your bank, for example, has had encryption enabled forever. Most social media and Web-based email sites have recently enabled it as well.

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