170827 Cybercrime Seminar
There are very few people who are not exposed to the Internet in some manner and there are literally thousands of us who roam around the web unaware of the dangers that ca lay hidden in plain sight – a random email, a Facebook post, a text, a website that looks almost exactly like one you visit all the time – and without knowing what happened, you are having serious problems with your computer or your “smart”phone, your laptop or worst of all, your server at work!
Without realizing it, we all develop online habits that leave us vulnerable to attack. Do you leave your computer on all the time? Turning off your computer cuts it off from the web and any potential attackers roaming around in the wee hours.
How about reminders to update your antispyware, or your antivirus software; do you let it slide or just stick with freeware because you don’t want to spend the money to buy a program? You can have a virus on your computer or your other devices and not even know it and new viruses are created every day. So, unless you want someone watching you use your credit card, or send pictures of your new baby/grandchild/puppy, you really want to have current and effective software protecting your devices.
Do you ever turn your firewall off to be able to access something and forget to turn it back on? Do you even have a firewall? This is what protects your from hackers looking to crash your computer or snag access to your passwords, email accounts, etc. and you definitely do not want that! And when you get a notification to update your operating system, just know that it is there to either fix a problem you don’t even know exists or to stay current with technological demands.
Be careful what you download! Know where it came from and if you are unsure of a link a friend has sent you, delete it. When an email from a known source come to you with nothing but a link, it is probably not from them. Delete it and let them know they have probably been hacked. Acknowledging that the Internet is very large, well populated, and not well regulated, is the best defense you can have to protect you and your family and co-workers from predatory online actors.
This September 13th, The Texas City Police Department is offering a FREE Seminar on CyberCrime at the Convention Center. You can register online at Facebook.om/texascitypd
Safe Online Surfing
The FBI Safe Online Surfing (FBI-SOS) program is a nationwide initiative designed to educate children in grades 3 to 8 about the dangers they face on the Internet and to help prevent crimes against children.
It promotes cyber citizenship among students by engaging them in a fun, age-appropriate, competitive online program where they learn how to safely and responsibly use the Internet.
The program emphasizes the importance of cyber safety topics such as password security, smart surfing habits, and the safeguarding of personal information.
For more information, visit the Safe Online Surfing website.