5 tips for not getting tricked online this April Fools’ Day — and beyond

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It’s increasingly hard to tell what’s real online, especially on April Fools’ Day. Experts offer these tips to avoid getting tricked. Getty Images

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Myths and misinformation run rampant on the internet all the time these days, but never more reliably than on April 1.

People have celebrated April Fools’ Day for centuries with all sorts of jokes and pranks, and while old-school traditions (hello, rubber snakes) remain plenty popular, gags have grown considerably more high tech over the years.

And fake news and announcements — whether by

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