Here are some tips from TrustedSec's Alex Hamerstone and Tyler Hudak to protect yourself:

• Use two-factor identification. This is where you log in and get a text to your phone to get a code to enter into the website to gain access.
• Don’t save passwords on the computer. It's best if you don’t save the passwords since it's possible for a hacker to get your stored passwords if you get malware on your computer.
• Stay on reputable sites as you shop, especially during the holidays for hot toys or gadgets.
• You can check on this website, provided by Hudak to see if your email has been compromised in a data breach: https://haveibeenpwned.com/  If so, change your password and employ two-factor notification.
• Use a credit card versus a debit card for better protections if scammed.
• Make sure you are watching closely when you are searching for websites. A lot of malicious sites are being named very close to the real thing. Lately, Hudak said, a variation of the Microsoft tech scam (where someone calls to say you have a problem) is creating a site that shows up first in a Google search when you search for technical assistance. Look for official information from your manufacturer, perhaps even something that came with the packaging.
• Get a good anti-virus and personal firewall protection for your computer.
• Don’t use the same passwords everywhere. Use passphrases such as 12 dictionary words and capitalize the first letter of each word as a password.
• Occasionally turn your home wifi router off and on so it will get any new updates.
• Stay away from public wi-fi in general. Hamerstone said it's best not to do anything on public wifi, but especially don’t do anything with financial information.

 - Betty Lin-Fisher