10 ways to fend off cyber-attacks

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It seems hardly a week goes by without news of yet another data breach or cyber-attack. Most recently, reports indicate a band of Russian hackers may have stolen as many as 1.2 billion user name and password combinations from over 400,000 websites.

Given the growing number of cyber hacks and security breaches in just the past six months, it is not a surprise that some people question whether they can really do anything to secure their personal and financial information. Complacency should not be an option. The truth is you can do a lot to protect yourself and your information.

My office leads numerous investigations into large data breach incidents. Over the course of this work, it has become evident that companies need to do more to protect our personal and financial information. But it is also clear that you must serve as your own first line of defense. Here are ten simple yet important steps you can take online and off to protect your information:

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