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Two million passwords stolen by hackers

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Hackers stole two million passwords from people across the country.

It's no surprise everybody on Facebook is watching and hopefully changing passwords. We have what you need to know about the hack attack to lock down your accounts.

Debbie Feliciano hadn't heard the news.

"I think that's scary," she said.

Now she knows. Feliciano wasn't notified by Facebook, Google or Twitter.

That's the good news. The bad news is she's worried she could be next. She already changes her password frequently.

"Probably once a month. I have to do something I can remember," she said.

"Two million realized they were hacked but how many don't realize they were hacked until it is too late," Antoine Gedroyc, One Stop IT, told WTOC.

Gedroyc, a computer expert, himself was a victim of hackers this week. They hit a restaurant computer and got a hold of his debit card number from outside the country.

"It happens. The threat is there and most of the time it is because the end users are not doing what they are supposed to do," Gedroyc said.

He says the first rule to avoid being hacked is do not use the internet or click links from a business or restaurant computer.

"They are a primary target for the hackers because they store the credit card information in their server.  It's a high risk," Gedroyc said.

He also says do not click on any ads or games on websites you see. There are hidden dangers, even ones gearded towards children.

When it comes to passwords, switch up the cases, mix it up with numbers and don't use the same password for everything.

"Using the same password for Facebook and for banking, it's very risky," he said.

When asked if she used the same password for everything, Feliciano said, "Yes, I use the same one."

"Don't do that!"

"Ok. I won't. Thanks for the info," Feliciano said.

One stop IT also suggests using password checkers but also says having a long password isn't always the best idea.

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