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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Joan Olson 630-407-6015

Friday, October 3, 2014

DuPage County Encourages Residents to be Cyber Secure

For many residents, the internet serves as a great resource for information and a way to connect with family and friends. It is a part of their lives whether at home, school or work. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 13 million Americans became victims of identity theft-related fraud in 2013.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and DuPage County is reminding residents to take proactive steps to be cyber secure.

“Identity theft ranks as one of the fastest growing cybercrimes,” said DuPage County Technology Committee Chairman Brian Krajewski. “One of the best ways to stay safe on the internet is to safeguard personal information such as your name, social security, date of birth, home address and phone number. It is also important to physically safeguard your smartphones and laptops from being lost or stolen.”

Consider the following tips:
• Protect your computer and mobile devices with security software – Ensure the security software on your computer and mobile devices is kept current;
• Choose strong passwords – Consider using a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols (e.g., #, $, !, &). Also, use a different password for each account; 
• Be careful when installing applications – Check to see what permissions the applications are requesting; and
• Beware of links – Think before clicking on a link in emails and on social networking sites.

For more information, including cyber security tips and resources, please visit ProtectDuPage.org.