Local computer repairman Greg Foti spoke to the Helena Rotary Club Wednesday about safety precautions computer owners can take to prevent getting hacked.

Local computer repairman Greg Foti spoke to the Helena Rotary Club Wednesday about safety precautions computer owners can take to prevent getting hacked.

Foti noted that you should use multiple email addresses, which "will help with the frustration of tons of spam mail." He also related that you should use different passwords for each email accounts.

Foti said, "Never use the same password as your email when you sign up for something on the Internet."

Foti continued, "Lie when you give answers to security questions, such as ‘What is your mother's maiden name?’ Or ‘What is your favorite pet's name.’ If you give truthful answers, then anyone that can find out those things can also access your accounts."

Foti reminded Rotarians, "Lie, but remember the lie you told."

Another recommendation Foti had for keeping email accounts safe is the frequent changing of passwords and creating good passwords that will decrease a security threat to your accounts.

"If you use the word 'password' or '1-2-3-4', then you should not bother having a password,” he said.

Foti closed his program by noting that you should "Never open an email from someone you do not know, and even if you know the person, be suspicious."