Robinhood is the latest stock trading platform to fall victim to cybercriminals.

Hackers stole 5 million people’s email addresses and 2 million people’s full names. For around 310 people, the hack may have been more serious — the attacker accessed their name, date of birth, and zip codes.

While bank information wasn’t compromised, criminals can still cause significant problems with email addresses and names. For example, they can send spoof messages from your address containing malware. They can also send you phishing emails – emails that pretend to come from a reputable source and try to trick you into sharing your password or other sensitive information.

How to protect yourself from cybercriminals
  • Don’t click on links in emails. If you receive a message from your bank, brokerage, or cryptocurrency exchange, don’t click on the link. Instead, log in to your account directly through your web browser. That way, you won’t be taken to a fake phishing site. Similarly, be wary of attachments as they may contain malware.
  • Be suspicious of emails if they’re pushing you to share your info. If an email asks you to share login or payment information, treat it with caution.
  • Use unique and complex passwords. It’s tempting to use the same password for several sites, but it can put you at risk. In an ideal world, organisations would get rid of alphanumeric passwords. We have another solution for securing accounts. It’s our patent-protected authentication software, SafeLogin™. SafeLogin™ is easy to use, simple to remember and more secure than alphanumeric passwords.
  • Make sure your antivirus and malware protection is up to date. The easiest way to do this is to set up your antivirus software to update and scan your system automatically.

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