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      Protecting your online accounts

      Mike Adams works in I.T. at 906 Technologies in Marquette. The company provides various computer and phone services including increased password protection and anti-scam software. Adams says many people don't take advantage of those services until their information is at risk.

      "We oftentimes see them after the fact," says Adams. "But we do offer a lot of options and ways to help secure your accounts and keep yourself more protected on the internet."

      According to Adams, accounts are most easily compromised by clicking on disguised scams and by opening messages sent from people you have never met and who probably don't exist. They can be anywhere, on mainstream websites like Facebook or in your personal E-mail. As far as E-mail is concerned, there is at least one way to tell if you're being scammed.

      "If you check the sent box in your E-mail, you will see what E-mails have gone out from your account and you may recognize that you did not send certain E-mails out which would indicate possibly that someone has hacked into your account," says Detective Lieutenant Mike Kohler of the Marquette City Police.

      Your passwords are the keys to your online kingdom. If they're easy enough for you to always remember, they're easy enough for others to guess. There are ways to protect your passwords without having to keep track of them.

      "There are some options out there in the security world such as password managers which will offer you abilities to make a very secure password and store them so you're not trying to retain them in your own head," explains Adams.

      Examples of these are "Last Pass" and "1Password." They act as password vaults that keep them secure and keep hackers guessing.

      Whether you're on your phone or your computer, no platform is more protected than another. A good general rule of thumb is to never click on or open something if you don't know what it is or where it came from.