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, suggests to “Combine a personally memorable sentence with some personally memorable tricks to modify that sentence into a password.” So if your sentence is “When I was eleven my sister made me fight the neighborhood bully”, your password could be “Wiw11msmmFtnbully”. Obviously, don’t use that one, but instead come up with your own. Be sure to check out our password guide < d-care/> for more details on creating a secure password. Also, getting a password manager < /> can make keeping track of passwords much more convenient. Sharon Profis/CNET Keep your email from getting hacked Believe it or not, even in the age of Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and text messages, people still use email to communicate. And as a consequence, emails still get hacked. As many times as computer users have been told not to click attachments from untrustworthy sources — or sometimes even from people you do know — apparently we still click on them. Which unfortunately can lead to your email being hacked or some nefarious program being installed on your machine. So seriously, stop doing that. If you get an attachment from someone you know that you were not expecting, check with the sender to confirm it was sent on purpose. Clicking on a malicious attachment can install malware on your machine, like a worm or virus. Here are no less than 10 other ways protect your email < - prevent-it/> from being compromised. Shopping online If you’re using your credit card to shop online, there is risk that your information will be stolen and used to buy something against your will. Here are a few things to keep in mind: Only use your credit on websites with the prefix, “https”. The “s” in https indicates that the site in question is using a secure protocol to encrypt communications between you and the website. You’ll see this protocol used on online banking sites and shopping sites if you’re looking at sensitive information. If you don’t see “https”, the chances of your information being compromised increases. For more detailed and specialized information on protecting your info online, check out our guides on shopping safely online < > and protecting your credit card online < > . Better account protection When most users log into their accounts, they enter their username and a password and they’re in. This is known as single-factor authorization and it is indeed secure, but there’s an even more secure way to log into important accounts. Tw0-factor authorization uses an additional security credential to access an account like a fingerprint or a unique pattern. This way, if someone does gain access to your basic login information, they’d also need access to your fingerprint or unique pattern to access your account info. CNET How To gives you a detailed overview on how to enable two-factor authentication < q/> anywhere. If you’re looking only to enable two-factor authorization on popular websites < ar-sites/> or two-step verification on the iPhone < le-id/> , we have you covered there as well. Dig in to discover a simple way to make your accounts more secure. Josh Miller/CNET Protecting your mobile device Most of the tips outlined above can also be used on your smartphone or tablet, but for more specific mobile device security tips, check out these seven smartphone security tips < > and our iOS 8 privacy guide < > for some useful tips specific to the iPhone and iPad. Staying secure Look, there’s pretty much nothing you can do if someones wants to get your personal information and has the time and means. Sometimes it’s out of your hands; however, the tips outlined above are things you can control. Focusing on that is your best bet. =e757&ftag=CAD2e9d5b9]]>

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