News

Staying safe online

Staying safe online

STAYING SAFE ONLINE: Experts say simple tips can help you avoid being the victim of online crimes like identity theft. Photo: clipart.com

NEW YORK (AP) — With the recent news that a Russian hacker ring has amassed some 1.2 billion username and password combinations, it’s a good time to review ways to protect yourself online.

The hacking misdeeds were described in a New York Times story based on the findings of Hold Security, a Milwaukee firm that has a history of uncovering online security breaches.

One of the best things you can do is to make sure your new passwords are strong. Here are seven ways to fortify them:

  • Make your password long.
  • Use combinations of letters and numbers, upper and lower case and symbols such as the exclamation mark.
  • Avoid words that are in dictionaries, even if you add numbers and symbols.
  • Substitute characters. For instance, use the number zero instead of the letter O, or replace the S with a dollar sign.
  • Avoid easy-to-guess words, even if they aren’t in the dictionary.
  • Never reuse passwords on other accounts.
  • Some services such as Gmail even give you the option of using two passwords when you use a particular computer or device for the first time. If you have that feature turned on, the service will send a text message with a six-digit code to your phone when you try to use Gmail from an unrecognized device.
  • Recent Headlines

    2 hours ago in Viral Videos

    Will Ferrell wants to be the new animal expert on ‘The Late Show’

    15-overlay-7

    Stephen Colbert's "The Late Show" doesn’t have an animal expert yet, so why shouldn’t it be Will Ferrell?

    8 hours ago in Music

    Billy Gibbons starring in reality TV series

    billygibbons

    The ZZ Top star is headed to TV in a series about restoring classic cars.

    9 hours ago in Music, Weird

    Lock of John Lennon’s hair could fetch up to $10,000 at auction

    johnlennon

    Heritage Auctions, which is selling the hair of the late singer, said it was clipped and saved by a hairdresser in Germany in 1966.

    9 hours ago in Trending, Viral Videos

    TODAY’S MUST SEE: Ben Stiller’s female Viagra ad

    12-overlay-6

    It was supposed to play during the Super Bowl.

    9 hours ago in Weird

    Court: Wisconsin couple, too drunk to drive, give keys to 9-year-old

    justice

    Jason Roth, 36, and Amanda Eggert, 32, pleaded not guilty at the court to charges of recklessly endangering safety and neglecting a child.