Cyber Security Awareness Month

By: Lanetra Bennett
October 24, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Thursday, an FSU researcher encouraged everyone to create a safe and secure cyber environment.

TCC student Josiah Saly says from online gaming to socializing. You've got Facebook, Twitter, there's videos that people put up online. There's micro transactions. you've got all sorts of thing that go on."

With so many things going on online, experts say be careful.

FSU professor Dr. Shuyuan Ho visited Tallahassee Community College Thursday for National Cyber Security Awareness Month. She says every moment there are cyber threats.

Shuyuan Ho says, "People like to take pictures and share informations, and once and a while turn on their GPS to find their directions. But, with this technology available to them, at the same time, all their personal informations are incorporated into the pictures they take."

Statistics show globally, there are more than 1.5 million cyber crime victims a day.

Dr. Ho says check your bank and credit card statements; never send passwords or credentials by email; and always access banking info directly from the browser, and not by clicking on hyperlinks in emails.

Dr. Ho says, "Those hyperlinks sometimes are embeded with some rogue links that many users they are not aware of they're redirected into somewhere else."

Dr. Ho also encouraged students to think about a career in cyber security, stating that it's among the top ten fastest growing careers in America.

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