Editors' note: This article, originally published in November 2016, was updated May 16, 2017.
There are more reasons than ever to understand how to protect your personal information.
Major website hackings seem ever more frequent. A set of top-secret National Security Agency hacking tools were dumped online over the past year. This month, hackers used some of those tools to hijack computers around the world.
In a Medium post, Quincy Larson, the founder of Free Code Camp, an open-source community for learning to code, detailed the reasons it might be useful for people to make their personal data more difficult for attackers to obtain.
"When I use the term 'attacker' I mean anyone trying to access your data whom you haven't given express permission to," he wrote, "whether it's a hacker, a corporation or even a government."
In an interview, Mr. Larson walked us through some of the basic steps he recommended. We added a few of our own, based on additional interviews and news events.
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