Change your password frequently. Avoid public wi-fi. Use the bank’s web site messaging system instead of e-mail. Those tips, says a University of Illinois Springfield-based computer sciences instructor, can go a long way toward keeping you from being a victim of a cyber-breach.

Use a different password for each site you visit, too. “If something is breached, and you don’t know about it – which probably does happen more often than not,” says assistant professor Lucas Vespa, “if an attacker gets one of your passwords, they have all of them.”


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After logging in – and you’re typing in the password rather than having the computer save it, right? – Vespa says you should make sure the web address starts with https rather than simply http.

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