Protecting personal information online

Published: Jan. 23, 2020 at 8:14 PM CST
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Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon and one of the richest men in the world, had his cell phone hacked, according to reports.

If a cyber-attack could happen to a billionaire, then experts say it could truly happen to anyone.

North Dakota Information Technology Department leaders are warning people to pick difficult to guess passwords, to change them often, and to make sure that they aren't using the same one on all platforms.

“If you have some weak passwords or you've installed a bad program on your computer system, it's like leaving the window of your car down and walking away. Someone can just reach in and take something out of your car,” says Kevin Ford, chief information security officer.

Ford also says people should look into multi-factor authentication when entering their personal accounts and set up anti-virus or anti-malware programs.