Protecting yourself from cyber threats

U.S. security agencies and the Department of Homeland Security have seen an increase in hacking activity this year and Harrison County officials are sending the message to residents, encouraging everyone to be a little more conscious of what you’re posting or sending online.

From the everyday use of desktop computers and smartphones, those devices could be more vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy tells us how you can protect yourself. “The threat level is a little more intense right now simply because of our international affairs. They have encouraged people to go in and make sure they have updates and that the updates are correct. It’s one of these, you gotta be cautious if you do not know who that email is, who that links to, as a user on your computer or on your device. You don’t want to go to it because then that opens up that vulnerability where your information can be hacked.”

Lacy says this is all a part of the ‘if you see something say something’ campaign. Be conscious not only of your online information, but of leaving bags unattended in public places, and of any suspicious electronics or packaging.

He says always call law enforcement if anything seems suspicious.

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