MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In this day and age, hackers are finding more ways to compromise online security and steal information.

To prevent the future issues, the National Cyber Security Alliance is on a 10-city tour to educate consumers on ways to protect themselves. Tuesday, the group visited Minnesota.

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The event, “Two-Steps Ahead: Protect your Digital Life,” was held at the Union Depot in St. Paul.

The executive director, Michael Kaiser, said when it comes to buying a Christmas gift online, checking banking account information or social media, picking a strong password is only the beginning.

Kaiser adds that two-step verification” systems are a good way to block hackers.

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He said it’s an extra layer of security, beyond the typical username and password.

“Most of the major websites offer this—Google, Facebook—you put in your password and log-in and get a code texted to your phone. That’s a big layer of protection and hurdle for bad guys to get in your account,” he said.

Kaiser also cautioned people against using the most common password: 123456. He said passwords that are short and weak are targets for cyber criminals and easy to steal.

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A recent study found last year 21 percent of internet users had an online account compromised.