National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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Security breaches, cyber incidents, and computer hack-ins are not hard to come by living in a generation where over 80 percent of the country is plugged in.
News 25’s Kendra Turley breaks down simple ways to keep your online profile safe and secure.
Many people use the internet as a way to conveniently keep in touch with loved ones, pay bills, and organize personal information. Gulfport resident Mark Nash said, “I’m actually new to the online scene. I think I’ve had my Facebook page now for about three years. I’m fairly new. I’m still learning.”
However, if you don’t take the right steps with your online presence, your personal information could end up in the wrong hands. “I have got hacked several times. I don’t like putting personal information, my debit card, my bank information, none of that is on any type of website,” said Gulfport resident Kimberly Derham.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and it’s the perfect time for a digital checkup. “With the holidays and things approaching, I’ve been getting emails about being more cautious and being more protective of my identity because of the heightened identity fraud that’s been going on here for the last year or two,” said Nash.
Local experts say there are three simple steps you can take to stay safe on the internet. If you get emails from people you don’t know and it looks suspicious, don’t open it. A unique password is essential, but do not reuse them either, and don’t fall for click bait. Nearly one million viruses are released everyday through survey and discount advertisement scams. “I think people are gullible. They don’t think it will happen to them. Be safe. Don’t put your location or your private information online,” said Derham.
As you surf the web for new restaurants in the area or to update your status on social media, keep in mind that a safer online profile is just one click away.