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Tips to protect your personal information from hackers

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Twitter hackings are not infrequent, as seen by AP's experienced today and recent cyber attacks on Apple, Burger King, and Jeep. Everyone is vulnerable to an attack online, but you can minimize compromising your information.

Here are a few tips, from FOXBusiness:

Be overly careful when deciding to click on a link and to limit the amount of sensitive data stored on a computer. There's no reason to have your Social Security number, for example, stored on your computer.

Monitor every aspect of your online personal information including bank and credit card statements, and stay on top of these accounts by signing up for notifications from your various institutions.

Don't geo-tag photos on Facebook or on your phone, and to turn off the location services on your phone. If hackers decipher the code behind the photos, that also gives them other personal information.

Limit the information you actually put out on Facebook, including your birth date and financial information, despite the sites' new e-commerce features.

When you change a password for a social media account, also remember to change your email passwords. These are all linked and allow hackers access to change your passwords if you don't act quickly enough

Check with your bank and employer to see if they have a damage control program available in the event your information is compromised. This will help you to pick up the pieces if your identity is eventually stolen.

Information from FOXBusiness and Adam Levin, co-founderand chairman of Identity Theft911.

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