Haven’t been hacked–yet


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Ninety-two percent of millennials are hacked by a person through software viruses on cellphones and laptops.

We all need to understand exactly how hackers can get to our information.

“There are hackers and scammers lurking in the dark corners, ready to pounce on your personal information,” according to KimKomando.com. Kim Komando is the host of a weekly radio show; she also hosts her personal TV show on 500 stations. You can access her columns on USAToday. She has named herself America’s Digital Goddess.

Every single human being I know from the age 18-21 has a laptop, cellphone and desktop computer. We all join in taking a risk by owning one of these devices because each time we log in or lift the laptop screen we are ignoring our safety risks and thus allowing hackers to steal our so-called “privacy.”

Ninety-five percent of millennials have cellphones, and 70 percent of those millennials have laptops. So most of us are potential candidates for being hacked.

I have not been hacked– yet. I have always taken my parents’ kind advice that included the word “privacy” or just the usual “No, you’re not allowed to do anything unless ‘it’s edifying,” speeches. Although we like to disregard the advice our parents give us at times, in the long run it pays off.

We access bank accounts; we track our steps and locations; we use our maps to take us places; we even order our food and Starbucks coffee. We link our phones to our laptops; we have our pictures on Facebook, Instagram, Google, and more.

Just recently Yahoo was hacked; the hackers stole from Yahoo over 500 million customers’ passwords.

“In some cases, they also stole security questions and answers that would let the hacker’s access the accounts,” according to Jeff John Roberts, writer for Fortune.com. Roberts specializes in writing about technology and technology safety in New York City. Yahoo did find out soon enough, in order to use cryptography called ‘hashing’ to protect the passwords, according to Roberts.

For future safety, here are five precautions to take in order to stay hacker free:

* When you receive an email telling you ‘You’ve won!’ do not click on it

* Avoid putting your information into any website or link you have never seen before

* Update your software constantly, so that you can keep your devices up-to-date

* Frequently change your security questions and answers

* Make sure your Wi-Fi is encrypted by using only secure networks!

View Alexa Vega’s blog at HACK AWAY THE HACKERS.

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