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Q.. I'm getting nervous because I just got a notice from Facebook that someone in Hong Kong tried to break my password and get into my account. They suggested I change my password for protection, but I was so upset I closed my account (I find I live perfectly well without reading what some stranger that knows one of my relatives ate for lunch.) Meanwhile, I also immediately changed my online bank account password, just to be safe. Is there anything we can do to protect ourselves from this, especially seniors like myself who aren't so savvy about this?.

Ans  Everyone has to be careful, whether they are "savvy" or not.  offers several suggestions that will help but always stay on the alert even of you practice these: Don't access secure websites, such as online banking, from shared computers or in public. Use the privacy settings on social networking sites to ensure you're only sharing information with those you trust. Only provide your Social Security number when necessary, such as for employment, tax forms or bank records. Be careful opening files, links, emails, etc. from unknown sources or from a friend's account that may have been hacked. Check the security of online stores before you purchase. Shred all sensitive information before throwing in the trash. When sharing personal information with certain professionals, such as tax preparers or mortgage lenders, be sure to choose companies you trust.

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