Protecting yourself from hacker headaches

3:22 AM, Apr 24, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- On Tuesday, The Associated Press became the most recent target of hackers who managed to send a false tweet that sent shock waves around the world.

The erroneous tweet claimed two explosions had occurred in the White House and the president was injured, prompting the Dow Jones to dip temporarily by more than 140 points, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"It's surprisingly easy for people to hack into accounts a lot easier than people think," explained Matt Yonchak, a director of cyber security services at Hurricane Labs in Independence.

"As far as liability goes, no, I don't think you can blame Twitter for not being inherently secure. I think that kind of falls on the user and in this case the company," Yonchak continued.

With precautionary steps like complex passwords and uncommon security questions, Yonchak asserts most social media users could bypass a lot of hacker headaches. Cyber experts also generally recommend users keep different passwords for different sites, as well as devices, and there is software available to help people keep track of every account.

"You can store them [passwords] within kind of a safe area on your computer so that you can then access those passwords and put them into sites without actually even having to remember them," said Yonchak.

"You want to be cautious, you want to put some thought and effort into how you exist online," he said.


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