Help Me Hank: Take action to stop hackers from taking advantage of targeted ads

By Hank Winchester - Reporter, Kayla Clarke

DETROIT - You've probably seen ads targeting you and your shopping habits, but did you know they can make you a target for hackers looking to do more than just track what sites you visit online?

Pop-up ads are everywhere, and as many people begin doing more shopping this time of the year, you need to take steps to protect yourself.

The ads can be more than just a nuisance: If you click on one of them, you could be sharing your personal information with hackers, and before you know it, it's too late.

Laura Blankenship, with the Better Business Bureau, said people need to take action to reduce the threat of online hacking. If you use Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you should go into your profile and limit your personal information.

You should also use an ad blocker to prevent annoying pop-up ads.

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