E-mail and social media accounts are prime targets for scammers who are interested in hacking (stealing) your address book contacts and friends lists for their nefarious purposes.


Most e-mail providers and social media sites now give you the extra security option to set up two-step authentication (2FA). 2FA means that you go through an extra security step to access your online accounts. Check your e-mail and social media privacy settings to turn on or off two-step authentication.


Although it seems annoying to take this extra step, you can stop these scammers from accessing your accounts by turning on two-factor authentication. Your e-mail provider will send a text message to your cell phone each time you log into your account. The message contains a code that you then enter into an authentication box in order to access your account. NOTE: Make sure the phone number in your account profile is a cell phone because land lines do not accept text messages.


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By Linda Lindquist,  May 23, 2022