A new survey finds few people are doing anything to protect themselves online.
A survey by Consumer Reports finds that, despite a recent rash of high-profile cyber attacks, 62 percent of those surveyed don't do anything to protect personal information on the Internet.
Glenn Derene of Consumer Reports says you can keep hackers at bay if you pay attention.
“If something looks fishy, something seems fishy, it probably is,” he said. “Very few retailers or banks will ever ask for your account information through an email.”
Derene suggests picking strong passwords, and using different passwords for each site.
“Hackers actually use — they call them dictionary attacks — every word in the English language. So just don't pick something that's a common word, or anything that relates to you, like your dog's name or your kids' names,” he said.
Other suggestions include buying apps only through the official Apple or Google Play stores, checking statements regularly, and looking over your shoulder when entering a PIN.
“People should just be aware, when they're using any machine, that they put either their credit card or their ATM card into, just take a good look at it. Also cover up what you're typing. Make sure that any cameras can't actually see your PIN code,” he said.
The study showed personal data breaches were up 56 percent in one year. Derene said an estimated 11 million people fell for email phishing scams last year.
- The Pac-12 football season nears kickoff
- Tips to get ready for a pain-free golf season
- Protect your family with these 7 home security features
- How to train like an Olympic swimmer
- 2016 Olympics: A guide to must-see TV events
- The bride's guide to feeling your best on your wedding day
- Deciding when you need knee surgery
- Celebrating Fourth of July is much cooler in these AZ towns
- Top ten road trip bathrooms in America
- Six things causing a pain in your neck
- 5 things to make your summer move easier
- Three elements of a strong timeshare exit guarantee
- Stretches and exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome
- The best Major League ballparks have their own personality
- Comparing the best regular seasons: The '96 Bulls and '16 Warriors
- 3 Arizona road trips and the vehicles to get you there
- Colon cancer is preventable. Check these signs and symptoms to stay healthy.
- 6 of the biggest skin cancer myths
- Affordable small home makeover ideas
- Locals helping locals: 6 success stories you need to know about
- Sunscreen facts that could save your life
- 6 energy saving hacks for your home
- 5 tips for choosing a company to end your timeshare
- Overlooked water tips to save you money
- 5 of the most adored gentlemen in professional sports today
- The real danger of sitting at your desk
- Most surprising NBA playoff performances of the last 40 years
- 11 classic baseball movies you must see again
- Finally getting rid of fat: 3 methods that actually work
- 4 reasons cancer survivors should focus on food