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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.

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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