Cybersecurity: How to keep your personal information safe from hackers

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By:Erin Lisch | WCTV Eyewitness News
July 17, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Computers and cell phones are considered gateways for criminals to hack into your personal information.

The latest statistics show nine in ten Americans are on the web, and are potential prey for hungry hackers just waiting to pounce on personal information.

Blake Dowling, CEO of the Tallahassee-based Aegis Business Technologies, says, "There's not just one fix all solution that will protect you."

As more and more people shift from computers to cell phones, Wi-Fi networks gives hackers the opportunity to access your identity and your wallet.

"Watch especially when you use your online banking with this Wi-Fi," Dowling said, "When you're on public Wi-Fi, and you're making a transaction, in theory a hacker can see that information and take it from you."

Tallahassee resident Johnathan Watkins agrees with the warnings about cell phone hacking.

"People check their information on their phones," Watkins said. "If they hack into your email on your phone, that can be problematic because you have the same password for the same thing."

Dowling says your passwords should be long, complex, have a character, have a number, and have a capital letter.

Dowling also urges internet users to avoid clicking emails that are sent to hundreds of people in alphabetical order, which can be a sign of a hack.

A recent survey finds 86 percent of social media users check their security settings at least once on programs like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Dowling suggests one more security tip; make sure your computer's and other devices' security patches are up to date.

"If you do all of those things, you won’t be 100% protected, but you'll be minimizing your risk. That's the best you can do," explained Dowling.

Reducing your risk and stopping hackers; allowing you to connect with others trouble free.

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