January 28, 2020 — Having tried to cheat you out of your money in dozens of other ways, many hackers are now targeting retirement accounts. Unfortunately it can be very easy for them, and even worse than that, you might not get your money back if they steal it.
With retirement funds being one of their biggest assets, the stakes are huge for retirees. A recent article in USA Today highlighted some ways to protect your accounts.
Email is the way most hackers use to break into your accounts. Tricking you into downloading something, providing personal information, or going to a dangerous site is the usual way in.
#3: Have virus software on your computer. Inexpensive products such as those from Norton will alert you to suspicious web pages and block most malware and other dangers. Keep it up to date.
#4: Use different passwords for different sites. That way if one is compromised you can contain the damage. Use a password manager to generate and/or store your passwords. It is a lot easier and safer than writing them down on scraps of paper, or worse yet, trying to hide it in your computer. To simplify things you might combine nonsense words that you can remember easily, such as Cat dogfish222.