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Authorities offer tips for cyber security

manly library computerDES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Investigation recognizes October as Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Today, the internet and mobile phones are a constant part of nearly every person’s life. Being constantly connected increases the risk of theft, fraud and abuse to our finances, identity and privacy.

Governor Terry E. Branstad has signed a proclamation proclaiming October 2014 as Cyber Security Awareness Month.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s Cyber Crime Unit offers resources and tips for cyber security.  Following these tips may help keep your personal information safe online:

  • Set strong passwords; don’t share them.
  • Install all updates available for your computers and devices.
  • Don’t share personal information online that can be widely seen.
  • Use privacy settings when available.
  • Use caution when opening suspicious websites and emails.

The DCI’s Cyber Crime Unit houses the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) which offers these tips and resources to parents of children with mobile phones:

  • Talk to your kids about cell phone dangers.
  • Messages and pictures they send are not truly private.
  • Know who your kids are communicating with.
  • Learn who your kids are spending time with online.
  • Check messages and photos sent and received on your child’s phone.
  • Beware of the number of texts and photos your child sends each month.

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