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Protect Yourself From Social Media Hack Attacks

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The White House says Monday's CENTCOM hack attack on Twitter is, "A significant difference" from what they consider a large data breach. The White House says Monday's CENTCOM hack attack on Twitter is, "A significant difference" from what they consider a large data breach.
PASCO, WA- It seems like the word "hack attack" has become an easily recognizable term after recent events. On Monday, hackers compromised the U.S. Central Command Twitter account.

The White House says Monday's CENTCOM hack attack on Twitter is, "A significant difference" from what they consider a large data breach.

NBC Right Now talked with a cyber security expert to sort out the facts from the fear. DC Grant, a Cyber Security Instructor at Columbia Basin College, said hackers attempt to log into systems daily and when it comes to Twitter, it is all about access to a password.

"The rise in social media has made that a vector for attack like any other systems are. An attack of social media is much more of a slap in the face than it is a risk to undermining the security of an organization," explained Grant.

Although the government has only warned military families and government employees to scrub what they put online, Grant said it is something everyone should consider.

The number one line of defense to an attack is to encrypt your data. He said instructional videos, like the ones listed below, are the best way to learn how to encrypt your computer or phone instead of trusting someone else to do it for you.

Encrypt data on MAC OS X

Encrypt data on MAC OSX FileVault

Encrypt data on an Android device

Encrypt your PC data

Encrypt your iPhone data
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