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Iden­tity theft leads to on­go­ing anx­i­ety

DEAR HARRIETTE: I feel so in­se­cure about my email ad­dress now. About two years ago, my so­cial me­dia and email, which were linked, were hacked. The hack­ers got so deep in my per­sonal in­for­ma­tion that I had to cre­ate a new Face­book page be­cause the hack­ers changed all my se­cu­rity ques­tions. They stole my iden­tity. It was hor­ri­ble, but I started over.

I just got a mes­sage from Google that some­body tried to hack into my ac­count. The no­ti­fi­ca­tion asked me to go in and change my pass­word, which freaked me out be­cause I wasn’t sure if the alert it­self was an at­tack. I de­cided not to change my pass­word from my phone and did it sep­a­rately as a pre­cau­tion. But I’m so wor­ried that some­body is go­ing to get into my in­for­ma­tion again. I can’t stop hav­ing email and so­cial me­dia. That’s the way of the world now. What can I do? -- Hacked, Tulsa, Ok­la­homa

DEAR HACKED: You are right to be con­cerned and cau­tious. As you may know, Equifax was hacked, which will likely af­fect lots of us in some way with our most per­sonal and valu­able in­for­ma­tion. As far as Google or any other por­tal where you have a pass­word, the rec­om­men­da­tion has al­ways been to change your pass­word of­ten and to make it com­pli­cated enough that it is not easy to fig­ure out. It is also im­por­tant to have mal­ware pro­tec­tion on your com­puter to make it more dif­fi­cult for hack­ers to get into your sys­tem.

Harriette Cole is a lifestylist and founder of DREAMLEAPERS, an ini­tia­tive to help peo­ple ac­cess and ac­ti­vate their dreams. You can send ques­tions to askhar­ri­ette@har­ri­et­ or c/o An­drews McMeel Syndication, 1130 Wal­nut St., Kansas City, MO...

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