There are a lot of people losing their accounts to hackers. Here's a few tips to defend yourself from them. Password Selection The password is the front line of your defense when it comes to computer stuff. The longer the password the better. Make sure to have at least 1 capital letter and 1 number. Some of my passwords have 2 numbers. Make sure to write down your password if you just created it. Also, don't use your dogs name, your moms name, etc... Common sense may not be too common but still, most of you are intelligent. You found these forums didn't you? Security Questions This can possibly be your savior from smarter hackers. If you have easy to figure out security questions then you are a sitting duck. Opinions are the hardest thing to figure out. Use these if you have the option. Places you don't frequent or first vacationed to are also viable. Only because you and your parents (Most likely) are the only people who know. Do not use your mom's/grandmother's maiden name, your first car (Some of us are in our first car still), anything that can easily be researched. Posting Stuff On Facebook This is for general safety. Don't update status by location, don't add people you don't know. Even if your BFF Cindy says he's totally not a creep. I don't want to read or hear about you in the news, then again... It's on you and I don't really have emotions to care. Also, don't post anything you don't want your parents to know about. Look up the guy who shot his daughters laptop for posting ignorant stuff on Facebook. Careful taking pictures too. Any street signs or school photos and people know where you're going to be. Hide your phone number on there too, I've gotten text messages from random numbers because my phone was connected to my account. SMS Protection Do it. If someone tries to log onto your account from a different location then the computers you approve, you get a text message. Most e-mail providers suggest doing this. Downloads Don't do it. Unless it is from the main website. There are no true hacks for any game you are playing right now. There is no such thing as free Photoshop. The majority of the programs on Youtube are visual basic programs with Trojan payloads. Don't be gullible. When in doubt, Virus Total it. Final Comments (IE: TLDR) Connect your accounts to your phone. Make long complicated passwords, that you can remember. Don't download anything from a source you can't trust. Be careful what you post on Facebook. It can and will come back to bite you. Consider Facebook as permanent public record.