Dear Amy: How do I stay safe on social networking sites like Facebook? Some of my friends have had their accounts hacked. — Jordan, Salt Lake City, Utah
Dear Jordan: It’s important to know how to protect your online accounts and what to do in case your accounts are hacked. Having a secure password is one of the best things you can do to increase your security online, and it’s a good idea to use different passwords for each account. Otherwise, a hacker could access all of your accounts with a single password. For tips on creating strong passwords, visit microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/passwords-create.aspx.
Smart habits can go a long way in keeping you safe online. Remember to always log out of Facebook or other social networking sites when you are done, especially if you are using a public computer. To learn more about staying safe, download Own Your Space: A Guide to Facebook Security, available at facebook.com/safety/attachment/Guide%20to%20Facebook%20
Security.pdf. This publication shows you how to avoid common scams on Facebook, use advanced security features and recover a hacked account. Share it with your friends so they know how to keep their accounts safe, too!
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