News

Staying safe online

Staying safe online

STAYING SAFE ONLINE: Experts say simple tips can help you avoid being the victim of online crimes like identity theft. Photo: clipart.com

NEW YORK (AP) — With the recent news that a Russian hacker ring has amassed some 1.2 billion username and password combinations, it’s a good time to review ways to protect yourself online.

The hacking misdeeds were described in a New York Times story based on the findings of Hold Security, a Milwaukee firm that has a history of uncovering online security breaches.

One of the best things you can do is to make sure your new passwords are strong. Here are seven ways to fortify them:

  • Make your password long.
  • Use combinations of letters and numbers, upper and lower case and symbols such as the exclamation mark.
  • Avoid words that are in dictionaries, even if you add numbers and symbols.
  • Substitute characters. For instance, use the number zero instead of the letter O, or replace the S with a dollar sign.
  • Avoid easy-to-guess words, even if they aren’t in the dictionary.
  • Never reuse passwords on other accounts.
  • Some services such as Gmail even give you the option of using two passwords when you use a particular computer or device for the first time. If you have that feature turned on, the service will send a text message with a six-digit code to your phone when you try to use Gmail from an unrecognized device.
  • What's Happening at KIOA

    Dance Party Weekend

    weekends-pm

    Starting Friday at 4:00p it’s a Dance Party Weekend – all weekend long shake the winter cold with songs that’ll get you movin’.

    Kansas City Royals Trophy Tour

    royals-trophytour-FI

    Find out how to get up close with the Kansas City Royals’ World Series trophy

    Valentine’s Day Vegas Getaway

    valvegasgetaway-FI

    Win a fabulous getaway to Las Vegas!

    Amtrak’s Rails of Love

    RailsofLove_DL

    Enter to win a roundtrip tickets for you and your sweetheart to Chicago courtesy of Amtrak.

    Hire Me Iowa

    HireMeIowa_620x400_final

    Looking for a job around the Des Moines area? Check out our current job listings here.

    Join the Good Times Email Club

    :Kioa_EmailClub-01

    Join today for your shot at prizes and contests open just to members!

    Recent Headlines

    3 hours ago in Entertainment, Sports

    You can stream the Super Bowl

    superbowl50helmets

    This year, CBS will broadcast the game on TV and stream it live on cbssports.com. The network will play the same commercials on TV and on the live stream.

    23 hours ago in Viral Videos

    WATCH: Puppies predict Super Bowl 50

    15-overlay-5

    Right or wrong, one thing is for sure: these puppies are adorable!