If you have an online account, (i.e. iTunes, Netflix, Apple+, etc.), hackers could try to steal your data. Your name, email address, passwords and credit card information could be at risk.
But don’t worry – we have four tips to help you protect your accounts… and your money!
Use a different password for every online account
Sure, it can be a pain to remember multiple passwords, but if one account gets hacked and your password is stolen, your other accounts won’t be in jeopardy. Select passwords that are difficult to hack; don’t use your birthday or something that’s easy to guess.
Review your accounts regularly
Every time you receive a statement from your financial institution, read it. Report any suspicious activity immediately. The earlier you catch a fraudulent charge, the better.
Don’t log into your account on a shared computer or public wifi network
You never know if a public computer (or even a friend’s computer) is infected with a virus or malware that can steal your password. If you’re not on your own computer, avoid accessing any site that requires personal information. It’s best to wait until you’re on your own computer and wifi network before you access your online accounts.
Don’t give your personal information to anyone
A company you do business with will never contact you asking for information that should already have. If this happens, it could be a huge red flag that one of your accounts has been hacked. Hang up or delete the email and check your account immediately.