Hacker shares how easy it is for thieves to steal your passwords

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Do you use the same password for multiple sites on line? If so, you are setting yourself up for hackers to steal your personal information.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There’s a simple way to protect yourself and your money online. Do you know it? 

If pipelines and billion-dollar businesses can be hacked and held for ransom, what chance do you have with your home computer or email? What can you do? Better yet, what should you do? 

A 2019 Google study found that 52% of people use the same password on multiple sites. And 13% of people admitted to using the same password for everything. 

It’s estimated that over 2.5 billion accounts were hacked in 2018, according to the most recent data available. That amounts to roughly 6.85 million accounts getting hacked each day, or 158 every second. 

As more consumers shop online to avoid going into stores, they are becoming easier targets for scammers. According to the FBI, sophisticated criminals are using social media ads and search engine results to trick consumers into visiting these fake shopping websites, where they will have their money and identities stolen. 

The FBI is specifically warning about shopping sites that end with “.club” and “.top” instead of “.com.” The scams range from face masks and other COVID-19 items to fitness equipment and furniture.

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So with all these hacks, big pipelines and big companies, how does the average Joe or Jane protect their home computer?