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Steps to take to protect yourself from cyber breaches, hackers

Posted: 1:33 PM, Aug 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-24 16:12:21Z

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen issued an alert today, stating anyone who used their credit card at a Cheddar's restaurant between November and January may have had their information stolen.

Since 2017, at least 16 different companies were hacked. Every 60 seconds, nearly 2,000 people become a victim to cyber crime. 

Whether it's getting phished or getting hit with malware, more than $1 million is stolen on average in that minute, according to new information released by cyber security firm RiskIQ.

There are precautions you can take to protect yourself.

For example, on social media, you could be giving away personal information without even knowing it.

Geotags, your birthday information and childhood photos could give away answers to private security questions you’re asked when you forget a password.

Also, don’t ignore your app updates. Updating apps and software could actually make your device more secure, because updates could potentially fix security flaws.

Lastly, if you receive a call from a telemarketer, be sure to not give any personal information, no matter how small, unless you are 100 percent sure who you’re speaking with.