Steps to take after your account has been hacked and how to prevent it in the first place

Social media posts and emails with the subject line "hacked".  You hate to see them from friends, family and co-workers because you know it means a major hassle for the sender.   And leaves the recipient trying to remember if they opened, or clicked a link, in one of those hacked emails.
 
The Federal Trade Commission says if you're locked out of your account contact your provider, or social networking site,   about restoring your account.
 
Immediately change your passwords and do let your friends know.
 
Click here to see information from the FTC including step-by-step details for detecting if you've been hacked, what do do if you are and prevention.
 
The number one anti-hacking step is a strong password of at least eight characters that uses a mix of letters and numbers.
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